A Theater Criticism/Arts Journalism Primer: Refereeing the Muses by Cheryl KushnerA Theater Criticism/Arts Journalism Primer: Refereeing the Muses by Cheryl Kushner

A Theater Criticism/Arts Journalism Primer: Refereeing the Muses

byCheryl Kushner, Bob Abelman

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A Theater Criticism/Arts Journalism Primer: Refereeing the Muses examines the skill set associated with being a critic and arts journalist. It explores the history, evolution, and future of the profession in the United States, and carefully and purposefully dissects the preparation, observation, and writing process associated with generating thoughtful and interesting arts criticism.
Using theatrical productions as the best and most vivid example of a storytelling enterprise that employs creativity, imagination, collaboration, aesthetics, and artisanship to effectively engage an audience, this book is intended to generate the critical thinking and critical writing skills necessary to effectively engage in all forms of arts journalism.
It is designed to be used as a college-level textbook on theater criticism and arts journalism courses, for those looking to become more thoughtful, critical consumers, for casual critics thinking about starting a blog or working for their university newspaper, and for working critics hoping to improve their craft.
The text is written in an accessible style and includes quotes from renowned critics and arts practitioners throughout as well as frequent sidebars that offer timely, insightful, and entertaining examples of the points being made in the text.

About The Author

Bob Abelman (PhD, The University of Texas-Austin) is a Distinguished Professor of Communication at Cleveland State University where he teaches arts journalism and media criticism. He is also an award-winning theater critic for the daily News-Herald, a produced playwright, and a former professional actor with New York credits. He was a...
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Title:A Theater Criticism/Arts Journalism Primer: Refereeing the MusesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9.06 × 6.1 × 0.68 inPublished:July 25, 2013Publisher:Peter Lang Inc., International Academic PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents: The Arts at Arm’s Length – Criticizing the Arts, or Not – The Critic – Critical Thinking – The Evolution of Criticism: From Dramatic to Theater – The Evolution of Theater Criticism: The Modern Era – Storytelling Conventions – The Storytell ers – Prelude to a Critique – Writing a Critique – Deconstruction of a Critique.

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«Bob Abelman and Cheryl Kushner’s accessible and information-rich primer is useful to beginners eager to develop their critical voices. It’s also worthwhile to those of us who have been practicing criticism for years but need to recall the basics: Why we write criticism, how to do it well, and why it matters.matters.» (David Cote, Theater Editor and Chief Drama Critic, Time Out New York) «The authors’ passion and obsession are what make this book invaluable.» (Sasha Anawalt, Director, Arts Journalism Programs, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism) «Refereeing the Muses provides an element-by-element analysis of what goes into constructing an artful, journalistically sound review. The book’s insights into how critics prepare and then react to a work of art are valid and valuable. The authors also acknowledge that the best criticism, like the work it analyzes, requires creativity.» (Christine Dolen, Theater Critic, The Miami Herald) «The art and practice of criticism is undergoing fundamental change. Before we figure out where it’s going we have to understand what it’s been and how it’s been done. ‘Refereeing the Muses’ is a valuable and compelling place from which to start.» (Douglas McLennan, Editor, ArtsJournal.com) «Bob Abelman and Cheryl Kushner have delivered a book of remarkable clarity, a detailed survey and breakdown of critic-craft that’s granular without ever getting grainy. Even if we end up living in that much-feared near-future where ‘Everyone’s a Critic’, ‘Refereeing the Muses’ will be required reading for every drive-by Twitterer and citizen-kvetcher.» (Scott Brown, Theater Critic, New York Magazine) «As one who has been heralded and eviscerated in reviews, I can only hope that both critics and artists take the time to truly digest the insightful information in this book – to more fully understand not only where the ideals of criticism come from, but where critics fit in today’s theatrical ecosystem.» (Eric Coble, Playwright (‘Bright Ideas’, ‘The Velocity of Autumn’))