Embedded Criticism

Actor and critic in residence Hayley Malouin writes, I’ve always been fascinated by the process of adapting books into plays. Narratives and dramatic text have such different manners of discourse. Different methodologies; different modes of presentation; different stories. The type of story-alchemy that changes one int…

Critic in residence Nicholas Leno writes, In the not too distant future our over-populated planet is nearly wiped out by a deadly super-virus that kills its hosts in their sleep. A year has passed since the virus’ spread, and Jackson, hero of Dragonfire Players’ new show The After Year, leads a group of survivors as th…

Embedded criticism involves an arts writer following a creative process closely and generating writing about the process that reflects this insider knowledge. The term was coined by London (UK)-based theatre critic and blogger Andrew Haydon in April 2012 and expanded on by the New York City-based arts writer and advoca…

DART student Tara Johnston (at podium) shares research with the “Critics, Bloggers, and Cultural Legitimation” panel DART student Kendra Neaves (at podium), Jill Dolan, Richard Ouzounian (Toronto Star), Karen Fricker Marilyn I. Walker, benefactor of the Walker Cultural Leaders series and the Marilyn I. Walker School of…

Guest of honour Jill Dolan: the feminist spectator in action, at Brock DART student Angie Colosimo’s doodle of the Critics and Niagara panel Stephen Remus (centre, Niagara Artists Centre) with Steve Solski and Jill Dolan The multimedia environment in Sankey Chambers Monica Dufault (left, Essential Collective Theatre) w…

Early Saturday morning on March 8, a group of five of us #DARTCritics headed to the Shaw Festival Theatre, to sit in on a rehearsal of director Peter Hinton’s production of Cabaret. With little idea of what to expect, and the buzz of coffee-charged chatter filling the small car, we made our way to the beautiful Niagara…

20 February 2014: As part of their preparation for our colloquium, The Changing Face of Theatre Criticism in the Digital Age,  the DARTcritics undertook research on a number of critics, bloggers, and others with an interest in their work, looking in particular at how online forms of communication (including social medi…

Richards (left) and Griffith with Céspedes and Bolin (background) in The Power of Harriet T 1 March 2014: Carousel Players’ mandate is to create professional theatre for young audiences aged 5-15. So, what impression would one of their shows have on a group of University students? The DARTcritics reviewed Carousel’s pr…

10 April 2014: This is a selection of the DARTcritics’ reviews of A Beautiful View. Cassandra Moerman writes: Well, fans and friends, I went to see A Beautiful View by Daniel MacIvor, and let me tell you: the view was pretty incredible. Volcano Theatre put on this stellar performance in a section of the Sean O’Sullivan…

5 February 2014: The DARTcritics attended the matinee performance on 25th January of London Road at Canadian Stage. Here are some of their review responses: The company of London Road. Photos by David Hou. Sarah Mason writes:  I remember once having a conversation with my father which involved him questioning the way i…