August 31, 2005
Who should theatre critics answer to? Are we consumer advocates for audiences? Entertainment for our readers? Sounding boards and cheerleaders for artists? Guardians of a higher, academic art form? Never easy to play multiple roles; taken together, however, that’s “constructive criticism.” As my editor always asks: What did we learn?
See also: THE ROLE OF THE THEATRE CRITIC
A speech given by Nick Carroll, Arts & Entertainment Editor, Messenger Newspapers, on October 6, 2002, at the Bakehouse Theatre, Adelaide.