Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Review Squared, June 11, 2013

All Good Things…
by Valerie Cardinal
I’ve had a blast writing this column. Week after week, getting to delve into the world of reviewing has been an interesting exercise – and something that I believe has improved my own reviewing as well. And yet there are weeks where I find myself looking at what I’ve typed up and thinking, “haven’t I already said this?” 
All good things must come to an end, my friends. Therefore, this will be my last Review Squared. Although it’s been a pleasure to write this week after week, I have way too much on my plate to continue. If you can think of any topics related to reviewing that I haven’t covered, please let me know in the comments. I’m curious!
But of course, this column is still about the reviews, so here’s a quick look at some websites that have become personal favorites. 

I know I’ve never mentioned this one here (as this is a fairly recent discovery), but lately I’ve been appreciating the Capital Critic’s Circle. I enjoy how they often have multiple reviews written by different authors for the same show. It allows the reader to get a well-rounded picture of a production from many points of view. For example, Orpheus Productions’ Carousel was reviewed by Alvina Ruprecht, Iris Winston and Patrick Langston, all in very different styles. Also, since it’s all about theatre in Ottawa, it means I can actually see the shows they discuss!  
One theatre blog that I have often mentioned is Mooney on Theatre. It still remains one of my favorites, as its authors really draw you in using their writing. Their specific editorial policy that reviewers mention themselves in the review makes for an interesting read. 
Another that I keep coming back to is The Coast’s arts and entertainment blog, The Scene. This Halifax publication keeps reviews short and sweet – most of the time you don’t even need to click through to the actual post to read the entire article. 
A one-man operation I really enjoy is Tapeworthy. I like the tone of the reviews as well as the fact that it’s not just reviews, all the time. I dig the variety that includes interviews, movie reviews and more.
These are just a few, of course! If I’ve failed to mention your favs, let me know in the comments. I hope that you’ve all enjoyed this journey into reviewing, even though you may not have always agreed with my views. Keep reading! 

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