Speaking of “art”…

Part of the argument with my boyfriend included his testing what I thought was art and why. He threw out things like photography (yes), elegant code (no, because code is a tool for making art), and Bowerbirds’ nests. Yes. While I’m not a PETA wingnut, I do believe our current, complex intelligence that includes creating […]

Roger Ebert, get over yourself

I would like to start, first, by saying that I admire Roger Ebert. He’s been through a lot, and while I agree with his movie reviews only half the time (because I am extremely picky about movies, and would rather go see a good piece of theatre any day), he is normally a well-informed, well-written critic. He puts a lot of thought into what he says about movies and why. Also, I think his review of “North” from way back in 1994 is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read.

And, I know I have focused this blog on theatre, so critiquing his latest blog entry claiming that video games are not art is sort of a departure. But it represents a stodginess that is a serious problem in all arts communities, including theatre. It is the problem of high art vs. low art, or fines arts vs. pop culture. I don’t think they’re different, they inform each other a lot more than our simple categories like to think, and often, as pop culture grows and changes over time, it becomes canonized. A lot of comments have already pointed out that film was not considered art at its birth, and it is still a sensational form in many ways today. Euripides’ The Bacchae and Dante’s Divine Comedy and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and even a lot of Shakespeare were at one time not considered art, and they are now a go-to source of inspiration for every art form in the world.

Just a brief update

While I am down one theatre project (the world premiere of Seattle playwright Kirsten Fatland’s “Black Men Smile at Me” has been pushed back to October, due to casting problems), I still have quite a lot on my plate: dramaturgy for “Charley’s Aunt” up at Taproot Theatre; drafting the script for, casting, and directing the […]