The Critical Condition

San Francisco Chronicle theatre critic Lily Janiak, appearing in Marie Mark O’Vic’s “A Retrospective” at CounterPulse. (Photo by Mark Jackson)

Theatre critics may seem besieged on all sides—by the shrinking of newspaper and magazine arts coverage, by criticism of their cultural competency and lack of diversity, by the indifference of consumers for whom it’s easier than ever to find and form their own opinions. But if you’re as tired as we are of reading the same old lamentations and defenses, these stories look at new models and formats, new challenges and solutions, as we attempt to tap the energy and sniff out opportunities for new dialogue afforded by the changing critical landscape.

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