A Director Weighs In On Critics

Why isn’t American theatre criticism more of a “companion piece” than a Consumer Reports verdict, wonders Anna Shapiro. “Two things baffle me and make me angry, and they are this: When somebody writes about a new play and says the play is beautiful; the production is beautiful; the performances are stunning; the directing is weak. That makes me angry. But not as angry as: The direction is beautiful; the production is wonderful; the actors are amazing; the play is weak. That makes even less sense to me.”