Yesterday I received an email invitation that made me stop and think a little bit. What is the invitation you ask?! Well it was a media/new media invite to attend and review the shows at this year’s PuSH Festival.
I recently wrote a post raving about Carousel Theatre’s production of Robin Hood at Waterfront Theatre (which you should go see because it might be the most fun you’ll have at the theatre this holiday season). The publicist for Carousel (who is also the publicist for PuSH) asked me if they could use my comments on their website/blog. I said “of course” because I am always happy to support my fellow artists in any way I can. Next thing I know I’m being emailed an invitation to review the shows at PuSH.
Now, my first thought, was as much as I would love to see all the shows, I’m going to have to decline the invitation because this blog was never meant to be a site for reviews and I just wouldn’t feel comfortable accepting the invitation without writing a review. I mean that’s what the agreement is right?! They comp me in to see the show and I write a review.
But then I thought about it a bit more and I thought…well…maybe I could. Although I never intended to post reviews on this site on occasion I have talked about certain productions I have seen that have stood out to me for one reason or another. Usually I’ve discussed these particular production’s in context to the larger issues I’ve discussed on this blog (ie. audience development) and haven’t really thought of them as reviews per se. But what are reviews?! One person’s opinion and I have an opinion, right?!
And then, on the flip side, I thought well what about my personal connections within the industry. I mean, I work within the community, do I really want to be reviewing my colleagues?! Currently I only write about a production when it has made a positive impact on me. I generally try not to write about my less than positive experiences at the theatre because a) these are my peers and b) there is already too much negativity in this world. I’d rather, for the most part, focus on the positive then get dragged down by the negative.
But then maybe that’s why I should do it (you can see the flip-flopping going on inside my brain can’t you?!) because I DO work in the industry. Maybe people would be interested in hearing the opinion of someone on the inside? And on top of that, maybe, people would be interested to hear the opinion of someone who represents a young person’s opinion? Plus after further inspection of the program guide for this year’s festival I realized that I’m actually not closely connected to any of the artists or groups participating so I could be fairly objective (well as objective as I can be for something as subjective as theatre). And, since it is an international festival at least half or more of the participants are from other parts of the world. I have NO connections there.
So, I put it to you, my readers. What do you think? Should I review? Would you like to hear my opinion on the shows at this year’s PuSh Festival? Or should I just stick to what I have been doing?
Let me know what you think…