After summarizing initial research into the UK's theater blogging communities, I present some early observations about amateur theater critics writing from within and outside fandom. From my multiple perspectives as Tumblr user, blogger, theater fan, and academic, I consider the way those who respond to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2016) on Tumblr display similar behaviors to those who maintain general theater review blogs, with both groups appearing to organize and distinguish themselves according to strict codes of ethics, ways of working, and markers of taste.
Theater criticism that the young Antonio Canovas del Castillo signed in 1849 for the newspaper La Patria so far have not been analyzed. In this paper cataloging and, in the light of these criticisms, the criteria of literary judgment Canovas is offered. Thus a facet of personality and, above all, youth politician Antonio Canovas del Castillo is offered. His job as a theater critic adds a little-known political critic and of interest to scholars facet.
The study aims to emphasize some critical opinions that observe and illustrate the power and talent of I.L. Caragiale to imagine a human character or a comic situation with the creative force of words. The characters are outlined in all the comedies from the first act, the dominant features of the heroes being highlighted in particular by language features. The study proposes an analysis of both the critical direction that considers the diversity of the Caragiale social typology to be classical, as well as the modern vision that the grotesque comic in Caragiale's plays relate to life in its entirety, the world of Caţavencu and Conu Leonida being a hopeless world.
In the Letter to d'Alembert, Rousseau argues against the idea of theater as a moral instrument of education. However, the position of the philosopher is not one of putting this playful activity in the category of immoral activity, but in the category of an artificial activity that perhaps generates immoral purposes. It is necessary to observe the true effect of the theater on the basis of some arguments that Rousseau decides to construct. These are analyzed here, bringing to the fore Rousseau's critique of the novel in the Letter to d'Alembert. The letter has as its context "the negative idea of privatization of the scene", as the theater gives an excessive importance to the description of love, obviously exaggerating the representation of romance. If, in the Letter to d'Alembert, the philosopher does not directly express that theorizing about the theater is equivalent to the novel, in the Nouvelle Heloise, that is, in the novel itself, the author does this. He adds to the novel a long commentary on the theater that was in the Letter, stating that he considers the theatrical scene itself to be the same as most new writing. He attacks novels indirectly, as well as the theatre, observing that everything said about one art applies almost entirely to another art. As a gallant people want love and politeness, Rousseau decides to fix certain terms in an attempt to explain his criticism and argue the consistency of his position. In general, the scene is a picture of human passions whose original is in the heart; if the painter is not careful in stroking these passions, spectators will soon become disgusted, not wanting to see themselves in such a way that they despise themselves. Rousseau points out that this language has no more meaning in his century, as it is necessary to speak the passions, striving to use language that best understands the passions, such as, perhaps, that of the novel.
This article looks at the question of transnational memory in the work of contemporary Spanish playwrights, Juan Mayorga and Antonio Alamo. It analyses and interprets the theatrical devices employed by each playwright respectively and the construction of a poetics of memory. It then goes on to consider the multidirectional potential of the intertextual references to other authors, histories and events - most notably the Holocaust - in plays of Mayorga and Alamo. It is via these intertextual engagements that the plays confront the limits, or (im)possibility of representation and it argues that the authors dive into a vast network of European memory, which in turn serves as a 'screen' for the memory of Spanish people, as it throws light on the Civil War and Francoist Spain. Thus, experiences such as Stalinism, the Holocaust, and the Warsaw ghetto become icons of a transnational memory that places the reader/spectator in the position of co-participant in an introspective exploration designed to unsettle.
Indigenous representation in various genres has always been questionable in regards to who has a voice, and content that is culturally sensitive and appropriate. This paper critically examines the controversial theatrical play Pig Girl (Murphy, 2013) through the lens of Robin Bernstein's (2011) "scriptive things" theory. Although Pig Girl sought to give voice to Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women, it instead was sharply criticized by Indigenous community members. This paper explores historical ideologies corresponding to the dehumanization of and violence perpetrated against Indigenous women based on the imagery provided by those who created and promoted the Pig Girl stage play. The paper discusses how such imagery can re-inscribe prior beliefs and be interpreted with "things" depicted within the playʼs narrative. The paper also addresses the function of interpellation and imagery, aesthetic intervention, and resulting associations.
Grzegorz Wiśniewski’s 2012 in Teatr Jaracza in Łódź was a very successful production with critics and audiences alike. At the 2012 Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival it won the Golden Yorick, a prestigious Polish award for the best staging of a Shakespearean play in the season. Wiśniewski, a renown Polish theatre director and professor at the National Film School in Łódź, has his own way of understanding theatre, its role in culture, and Shakespeare’s place in it. Wiśniewski believes in the theatre of the middle path, as he calls it, that is neither classical/conservative, nor radically avantgarde. He wants to attract wide audiences and offer them intellectual and well-balanced cultural entertainment. Without diminishing the weight of such cultural and literary icons as Shakespeare, he vivisects texts to make productions that can easily speak to a contemporary audience. This paper analyzes Wiśniewski’s to show how the director manages to achieve balance between his own power, the authority and complexity of Shakespeare’s text, and theatre’s cultural mission.
Historically, Salome was a mundane figure who never catalyzed John the Baptist's death. However, in Christian Scripture, she becomes the seductress and fallen daughter of Eve. Her stepfather Herod promises Salome his kingdom if she dances for him, but she follows her mother's wish to have John beheaded. In Strauss's opera, after Wilde's Symbolist-Decadent play, Salome becomes independent of Herodias' will, and the mythic avatar of the femme fatale and persecuted artist who Herod has killed after she kisses John's severed head. Her signature key of C# major, resolving to the C major sung by Herod and Jokanaan at her death, represents her tragic fate musically.