What Others Say: Artistic Unity, And How Not To Respond To Criticism

Posted on Jul 1st, 2010 by Shuchi in Theatre Trivia, What Others Say

communication How should an artist respond to a critic’s negative response to their work, especially if they think the critic has got it wrong? When dealing with brickbats, is it fair of an artist to expect other artists to rally behind in support, simply because they are of the same fraternity?

The recent spat between actor-playwright Leslie Jordan and theatre critic Elisabeth Vincentelli has been rather ugly, and it has raised many such questions about the nature of conversations between artist and critic, between artist and artist.

The Indian theatre scene is bereft of all such wars. I wonder if that is something to be pleased about or worried about. Better rows over well thought-out criticism than verbatim reproductions of the play’s promotional text, I say!

Head over to the Guardian Theatre Blog for their take on the issue:
Noises off: Sense and sensitivity to criticism

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3 Comments to “What Others Say: Artistic Unity, And How Not To Respond To Criticism”

  1. The same thing applies to authors of academic papers and their referees:)

    July 2nd, 2010 11:43 am

  2. Welcome here, Brishti đŸ™‚ So which of these applies – ugly wars or lack of feedback?

    July 2nd, 2010 11:47 am

  3. Mostly the author talking to a brick wall if (s)he tries to point out any mistakes by the referee!

    July 15th, 2010 6:59 pm

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