At the theatre these days, more people seem to be tweeting during intermissions than talking.
Which raises a few conundrums.
- Have blogs and social media changed the nature of theatre criticism?
- The producers of Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark criticized social media sites like Facebook and Twitter for causing the bad buzz during the show's previews. Was that warranted?
- Audiences and artists are getting involved in the critical discussion via comment sections in blogs and articles: a good thing, right?
These are a few of the things that might be discussed today at a roundtable discussion on Theatre Criticism and the Internet.
I'm on the panel along with The Globe and Mail's J. Kelly Nestruck, Mooney on Theatre's Megan Mooney and Praxis Theatre's Aislinn Rose. It's being moderated by U of T Ph.D. candidate Michelle MacArthur.
The discussion is open to the public and runs from 1-3pm at the Robert Gill Theatre (214 College, 3rd floor).
There will be some live-tweeting during the event (obviously when the tweeter's not talking). We'll probably figure out a hashtag right before, but you can follow our twitter feeds at @glennsumi, @nestruck, @mooneyontheatre, @praxistheatre and @AislinnTO.