Author Archives: Karen Fricker

In which a theatre attempts an experiment with criticism, and critics lose the plot

Now here’s an interesting one. This past week, Toronto’s Factory Theatre announced that they are inviting the media to their upcoming production of The Art of Building a Bunker by Adam Lazarus and Guillermo Verdecchia five days after the show opens. … Continue reading

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The crisis in theatre criticism is critics saying there’s a crisis

Mark Shenton, chairperson of the Drama section of the London (UK) Critics’ Circle, has opened another chapter in an ongoing discussion about the changing nature of theatre criticism. After Mark commented in a Stage column that there were currently ‘no … Continue reading

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Nearly there

Since I last posted about the making of Juno and the Paycock at the Shaw Festival,  I’ve had three encounters with the creative process; a “work-through” rehearsal; the final dress rehearsal; and then a preview performance before a paying audience. The first … Continue reading

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Completely circus

A fortnight ago I took a break from the Irish classics to immerse myself in something rather different: contemporary circus, as one of 10 writers on a critical residency at the Montréal Complètement Cirque festival. This two-week-long festival, now in its … Continue reading

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Organized labour

It’s been nearly a month since I was in the Juno and the Paycock rehearsal room; last week I visited the company twice – once for a run of some scenes in the rehearsal hall, and the next day to … Continue reading

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The Act 3 roller coaster

It’s been three weeks since I visited the Juno and the Paycock rehearsal room, and in the meantime director Jackie Maxwell and her acting company have blocked the entire show, and are now going back through each act for a … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes at Shaw

It’s finally happened: I’ve gone inside. For the past year or so I’ve been thinking, talking, and teaching a lot about the concept of “embedded” theatre reporting – that is, a scholar, critic, or student writing about a theatrical production … Continue reading

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