Writing About the Arts: Going Beyond “Great!” or “Lousy!”

Graydon Royce

presented by Graydon Royce

Wednesday, January 31 at 7:15pm, Franz Hall 120
Free and open to all

Acclaimed theater critic Graydon Royce explores how we can restore arts criticism from passing snarky judgment to its own true insightful form of art.

There is more to be said than "I thought it sucked," when a theater critic sits down to write. First of all, we would never say that, and second of all, our personal opinion doesn't really matter. True criticism is its own art form, and the job of the arts critic is to open up insights, not to pass snarky judgment. Come find out how we strayed so far from this position.

Graydon Royce was given the Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Twin Cities theater community upon his retirement from the Star Tribune in 2017. He continues to review theater on a freelance basis. Named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the United States by American Theatre magazine, Royce was a fellow at the O'Neill Theater Critics Institute and the NEA Classical Music and Opera Fellowship at Columbia University.

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