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Best of This Week's Theatre Blogs - 25 Sep 2009

By • West End
At what point is it okay to review a production? This week Mark Shenton blogged about the backlog of opening nights that has forced critics to go see previews - and one writer's disquiet about this. Given the prevalence of blog reviews written whilst shows are still in previews it's a debate that seems destined to be ongoing.

There was a theatrical problem of a very different nature being discussed on A Younger Theatre - the notion of theatre as a live event and therefore what happens when something goes wrong. For Struts and Frets, however, it was the build up to first night that was proving troubling - with the nagging feeling that there simply has not been enough time to get everything done.

Meanwhile on the London Theatre Blog, Matt Boothman wrote about the BAC's Scratch Festival - and how it is not only the performers who embrace the fear of a live performance.

Finally, all thoughts of fear and reviews were forgotten on Steve On Broadway replaced instead with the sheer joy that A Little Night Music is transferring to Broadway...


Mark Shenton, Shenton's View - The Protocol of Reviewing Previews...
"This gives the creative team time to work with their production, once they see how it lands (or doesn’t) in front of a live audience. Many writers, directors and actors don’t see the process as complete until that happens, and it’s usually a key part of the way productions are structured".


A Younger Theatre - The Live Spectacle
"With electrical issues spanning nearly a week, shows being disrupted by power cuts, lighting boards breaking and a whole host of other activities, it is no wonder that my thoughts turn to how the very nature of theatre is that of “THIS IS LIVE”".


Struts and Frets - Terrified. Just puttin' it out there
"If I drop a phrase or even mix up a few words, I impact several other actors and a stage management team, and I create a cataclysm.  Couple that with my delightful ability to be distracted by several new things happening at once, and you have a recipe for stomach ulcers".


London Theatre Blog, Matt Boothman - Scratch Festival
"It’s exhilarating to see the curator stand up following a performance and exhibit the same breathless uncertainty the audience is feeling. Because the BAC’s staff lead by example and don’t leave all the risk-taking up to the artists".


Steve on Broadway - Send in the Crowds
"Also particularly noteworthy is that this production marks only the very first time A Little Night Music will have been revived on Broadway. Hard to believe for a musical that inspires swoons from virtually all comers who have ever seen it performed".


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