Critics: GREEN, ISHERWOOD and VINCENTELLI

On January 10, 2014 by Theater Talk Web



Critics Jesse Green of New YorkMagazine, Charles Isherwood of The New York Times, and Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post review the fall 2013 season productions, on and off Broadway, that have piqued their interest including Fun HomeAfter Midnight,Richard III/Twelfth NightA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and What’s It All About?

9 Responses to “Critics: GREEN, ISHERWOOD and VINCENTELLI”

  • Mark Farrell

    1. Ethan Hawk was the main character in “Macbeth.”
    2. “Julius Caesar” was an all women’s play.
    3.Julie Taymor is the director of “Spiderman.”
    4.Michael Riedel is a critic for the “New York Post.”
    5.”No Mans Land” is a Harold Pinter play.
    6. ” A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder” is based on the same material as “Kind Hearts and Coronets.”
    7. Burt Bacharach is the composer of the musical “What’s it All About.”
    8.Mike Nichols was the director of “Betrayal.”
    9.Jefferson Mays play 8 characters in “A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder.”
    10.Charles Isherwood is a critic for the “New York Times.”

  • Michael Strini

    1. Critics seem to be very full of themselves.
    2. I like the fact they the critics are honest and say exactly what they are thinking.
    3. How much do they get paid to ramble on about plays/productions?
    4. Do the critics watch every play on broadway?
    5. Whats steps do you need to take to become a broadway critic?
    6. Do the critics have to pay to see the shows?
    7. If you produce plays, are you allowed to be a critic?
    8. Is there a higher critic power that critiques the critics?
    9. I would never buy a New York Times magazine to read what critics have to say.
    10. They take the joy out of theater. Just go watch it and have a good time.

    • Theater Talk

      Point #1 made me laugh and point 10 made me sad.
      As for other points: critics get paid to see shows and write reviews (though not to be on this TV show). However, it is not a big money job like being a lawyer or a politician. Critics do not pay for their tickets. They try to see all the shows, but there are so many productions in New York City, that the bigger papers employ more than one critic.
      In order to be a major critic, you need a very good education. Producers are not supposed to be critics too. That is called , “a conflict of interest.”
      I am glad you appreciated the critics’ honesty. – Thank you from Susan, the producer

  • Slater Hanna

    1. They still do all male Shakespeare productions.
    2. They get tired of seeing Shakespeare productions.
    3. Critics have a huge impact on the viewers.
    4. Minor flaws can add up and make critics not enjoy it.
    5. A good Shakespeare can rejuvenate your batteries.
    6. Playwrights will write while they drink.
    7. Every critic will have a different opinion.
    8. Alot of the little things make the critic enjoy the play
    9. The critics opinion is their own and is irrelevant at some points
    10. Actors make the biggest impact on the performence

  • khaled Allahem

    1- At the beginning it is hard to get a grasp of their talk but then it is easier to follow up.
    2- I think if the person is familiar with the plays and actors they are talking about then the talk will be more interesting and understandable
    3- it was interesting how they viewed and analyzed the same scenes differently
    4-At the beginning they said that some plays are becoming events more than plays, they are showing more than telling or acting.
    5-there is a focus on classic plays more
    6-sometimes the critics don’t give examples when for example they describe how good or bad the play is.
    7-I liked Elizabeth the most because she was thorough in her talk and gives examples and details
    8-the scenes they show in the program sometimes interrupt the flow of the talk
    9-there are a lot of joking and mocking in the conversation
    10-there was no balance in the time each person talks. Some people talked more and others less

  • Chi, Lin- THTR 101, Sec 001, Sept 4, 2015

    – When it turns out to be an event play instead of an actual play, a lot of questions could have been marked, for example, if the audience watch the show only for the stars on the stage, but the form of art has been forgotten by most of the people.
    – “Witch Of The Third” is the highlight of the year. It is a black comedy.
    – “Twelve nights” is a play with its comedy too emotional, and its tragedy too ridiculous.
    – “Betrayed” has been question marked as if it is an event theatre or an actual play?
    – “Betrayed” is highly emotional, has some meaningful pause and very much on the surface.
    – It is a Shakespeare’s storm season.
    – Is classic equals to Shakespeare?
    – If you hired right actor, they knew what to do, but if you hired some younger kids, but not giving them directions to how to perform, it’s not their fault to show up well, just like Elizabeth, the young Juliet,in “Romeo and Juliet” of the season.
    – “After Midnight” is the best musical, the song and the dancing is very elegant and fantastic
    – When the band stand comes down to the audience, its just like a wave of joy coming off the stage

  • Alicia manor

    • What does Becalmed mean?
    • Why do they have males playing female roles rather then female actors play them? Or vice versa
    • Why is a poet (Elisabeth) criticizing a play?
    • I think it’s interesting how advanced the shows are with the lightening and tricks they do on stage.
    • I think critics can be a bit harsh? Or maybe I’m just not used to that level of criticism.
    • Were they being serious when they said the play writers wrote the plays drunk?
    • I feel like how could a person ever know if a play is good or not because all the critics have different opinions so how can they ever come to a good review on the production.
    • I didn’t know you could play as many as 8 characters in a play, that’s a lot of roles to remember.
    • Do you think the other critics don’t really favor Elisabeth because she disagrees with them a lot?
    • I love how they really dress up to perform the songs.

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