The Relationship Between Critics and Directors

The Relationship Between Critics and Directors

After each play, the directors receive opinions, comments, and feedback on their work. It is expressed not only by spectators, friends, and families, but also by professional theater critics. Of course, directors do not spare critics either positive or negative comments. However, everything seems to be summed up by the words: “the worst opinion is no opinion at all”.

Directors About Reviews

The reviews of critics about a new play can be found on a variety of platforms. Some critics write these articles for specialized publications, others have created individual blogs, and the third group present their thoughts in the mass media. Directors claim to find and read reviews of their performances. They often read reviews about the works of their colleagues also. However, most directors claim that they read reviews because of the professional curiosity or personal vanity, not to supplement their understanding of the theatrical field or to gain new insights. Many directors admit the major of reviews are not read until the end because most of those articles are written according to the same template and do not reveal artistic, professional, and ideological significance.

What If Your Play Was Understood “Incorrectly”?

In theater, as in life, everyone sees and understands the things around them differently. When the directors were asked what they do if they find inaccuracies in the reviews or read the thoughts they did not wanted to convey, the directors claimed that they do not take any special action. Sometimes they express their side to critics, but most of the time they keep the comments to themselves.

According to one well-known director, at the very beginning of his work, he reacted emotionally because he thought it was important. However, that attitude has changed. The director remembers that he was once quite angry with a close critic about it. However, it must be acknowledged that such anger is not productive. Such arguments are accidents and based on too many emotions as all reviews usually appear after premieres. The reaction to the inaccuracies of the reviews depends on the situation. It is either funny or not because it all makes you disappointed. He takes no action, and do not try to explain his ideas to critics. The director says that when he meets the critics, he greets them politely and does not go into deeper conversations.

How to Write a Good Review?

Every play is made differently. After all, the director has an individual drawing, conveys various topics, indicates a certain purpose, and genre. Scenography also plays an important role in the performance: various stage spaces, decorations, make-up, costumes, stage lighting. One should also not forget the musical soundtrack that creates the mood. It can be difficult to cover and understand all of this during the first time watching the play.

Some professional critics try to see the play at least twice before writing a review. One time might be enough when the play is made in a traditional form, when the professional critic does not see anything new in terms of stage or expression. In all other cases, if there is something new, or a play is made by a younger director who is still trying to discover his way, it is better to watch the play a few times.

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