Recently I went to see the play RED on Broadway. Because I knew that it was about the artist Mark Rothko, I spent some time reading about his life and work before I went. However, I did not read any reviews or informational pieces about the actual play until after I saw it. A couple of days after the performance, I had a ball reading as many reviews as I could find! For the most part, I found I agreed with the various critics. But, there was one who I felt missed the point of the show entirely. Interesting.
As a general rule, I find it much more effective to read what the critics have to say after I’ve been to the performance. That way, I bring my own thoughts to the table and am able to have a ‘virtual conversation’ as I read the reviews. I am also more likely to be thrilled by an outstanding performance if I discover it on my own.
So, how do you feel about reviews?