Critical Confabulations

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20 Days of Theatrical Thanks 2012: Day 4

Today I’m thankful for…StageGrade.

I love criticism — writing it and reading it — and StageGrade allows me the pleasure of both.¬†With StageGrade, we gather and read every published review of every show in NYC, assign each review a letter grade based on how the critic responded, and then use the median grade to reveal the critical consensus. Basically, we read the reviews so that you don’t have to, offering up a quick one-paragraph summary of said reviews.

I’m such a nerd that I volunteer for every Adam Rapp play (because I want to know everything that’s said about him, always), starry messes like The Mountaintop (Sam Snakes-on-a-Plane Jackson!), super-fun Disney spectacles (Newsies) and campy, soon-to-be cult classics (Silence! The Musical). Reading others’ writing informs and helps my own.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to read great (and not-so-great) criticism.


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