Sharkbear, Theatre Goer and other interested parties:
The online theater-review project that John Crutchfield and I established two years and two months ago isn’t dead. We are, however, taking a temporary break to regroup. We’ve been down to a shoestring cast lately, and need to add a few more players.
We started Sightlines to provide a forum for honest, thoughtful criticism, and that’s what we’d like to continue to do. Securing consistent reviewers proved difficult, probably because of the constraints of the project: it takes time, requires quick turnaround, doesn’t pay much and even earns the writer some ire at times. Oh yes, and you have to write well and deal with sometimes-preoccupied editors. Abundant thanks to the reviewers we’ve had these past two years. They’ve driven all over Western North Carolina to provide coverage of every theater putting on regular shows, bringing thoughtful and informed insights to the task.
I heard from people who appreciated what we were doing. And I heard from people who didn’t. More than anything, I watched a stream of anonymous, often hostile comments when the tone of reviews strayed from back-patting and promotion. Still, we feel strongly that Asheville’s theater community can benefit from constructive criticism. The absence of flattery can provoke, instead of contention and stalemate, critical, original thought and vital discourse. And maybe it’s just nice to know someone’s paying attention?
We’ll have more details soon, but if you have interest in reviewing or other suggestions or ideas, please email me at email@example.com or John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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