It’s a momentous week for theatre criticism in this paper. On Friday, I’ll be watching a new digital production from Tarragon Theatre called Orestes – and then will file my first review since The Globe and Mail eliminated the star-rating system.
If you’ve read any of our film reviews in the last couple of weeks, you’ll have noticed an editor’s note at the bottom stating that the Arts section has moved to a “critic’s pick” designation for the crème de la cultural crème and abandoned star ratings for film and theatre reviews “in the interest of consistency.”
What does that mean? Well, as long as I’ve been at The Globe, different art forms have been reviewed in different ways. Dance and opera were reviewed without star ratings, for instance, while theatre and circus reviews included a rating out