Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 75.  Friday, 12 February 1993.
From:           Tom Loughlin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 11 Feb 1993 10:08 pm EST
Subject:        Performance Criticism
Is it just me, or do I get the feeling that those people who are distrust-
ful of performance criticism feel that way because they do not trust the
performing artist to come to a work of theatre without a critical sense?
without any ideas or concepts?  If so, it is a sad comment on the nature
of how we are currently viewing performance artists in our culture.  I have
read the many postings on the matter, and I think I don't quite undertand the
kernel of the argument.  I do know that, as an actor, when I approach a
Shakespearean role I am fully conscious of the notion that I am making not
only a critical statement about how I feel the role should be interpreted
from the viewpoint of human behavior, but also from the viewpoint of
critical interpretation.  It's just that, unlike the scholar who writes
her critical interpretation on paper and gets it published, I perform mine
under a different set of rules in real time at a specific location, and
invite a critique of my "critical commentary."  For all the debunking
of J. Akalitis' 1HIV, one cannot deny that there was an idea, a viewpoint
at work, a "critical judgement" at work, with which one can either agree
or disagree.  The paucity of authentic text AS WELL AS authentic per-
formance notes, it seems to me, leaves the field pretty wide open.  Perhaps
that's the fun of it all (?).
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