Criticism in a Changing America

In October 2017, I participated in Criticism in a Changing America, the Goodman Theatre's first-ever "theatre critics boot camp." Over the course of two weekends, I saw new works as part of the Goodman's New Stages Festival, attended panels, and had incredible conversations with fellow artists, writers, and theatre critics.

Me with the other participants in Criticism in a Changing America.


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Zach Livingston and Arti Ishak in Circle Theatre's production of Venus in Fur. Photo by Cody Jolly Photography.

Venus in Fur Review – This Dark Comedy is Absolutely Divine

"Intricate, captivating, and darkly funny, Venus in Fur is a scintillating play that addresses issues of sex, gender, and power through myriad lenses."

"The dynamic between the two performers is electric; Ishak and Livingston handle every subtle moment, every exchange of power with a deftness and grace that is nothing short of breathtaking."

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Remy Bumppo's production of The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder. Photo by Nomee Photography.

The Skin of Our Teeth Review – Theatre for the End of the World

"When I first encountered this play in college, I was coaxed from ambivalence about the text to a profound respect for its brilliance by an enthusiastic professor with a love for Wilder’s work. It was in that professor’s honor that I sought out this production, but it was in the context of our current conditions of crisis that I really understood it."

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The Radiant Review – A Play Less Brilliant Than Its Subject

"The world needs more plays about women scientists—but it needs them to spend less time and energy on men."

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The Radiant, produced by Genesis Theatrical Productions. Photo by Ron Goldman.

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