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There are benefits to the reviewer – possibly free tickets etc, but the actors/ artists also value reviews to help them get more people to attend and to help them consider their performance.
I highly recommend this book to anyone considering doing a review.
Go get it if you have any interest in this subject. Highly recommended.
It can often be difficult to know where to start with reviews - sometimes the inspiration doesn't come. This provided me with a good, solid base that meant that, even if i was struggling with a review, I'd be able to complete it quickly and submit it.
Let’s just say: if I’d paid anything for this book, I’d still have been annoyed.
Where to begin? Even the presentation is amateurish. Doolan clearly hasn’t invested in either copy-editing or proof reading, ensuring a book full of typos, spelling mistakes, and a seemingly random approach to the use of the possessive apostrophe. As for her “belt ‘n’ braces” approach to signifying new paragraphs... Using an indent or a line break is fine, Lita; using both is not.
Attempting to be informal and conversational, Doolan’s writing style is instead clunky, needlessly repetitive and, on occasions, clearly designed for skim-reading. Yet it’s her blatantly ill-informed advice that annoys the most, not least through its misplaced assertions. (FYI, reviewers don’t always get the best seats in the house; nor, as a “reviewer”, should you phone up the box office to get information on a show. Then there are the contradictions: page 4: “you do NOT need to become an expert on what you are watching”; page 10 “Your readers will love you for your passion, talents & expertise.”
There is no mention of writing discipline: even most of the online sites she lists have their own distinct house-styles which they’ll expect all contributors to follow. Doolan’s emphasis on “creativity”, however, thinks nothing about keeping to word-counts, checking which preferred spellings to use, or an editor’s position on the use of italics. (All of which may sound boring, but are something professional theatre reviewers have to take on board.) Instead she is promoting indulgent writing that focuses more on ensuring the self-satisfaction of the wannabe reviewer than promoting informed, interesting comment on theatre today.
There are plenty of good books out there when it comes to writing about theatre, many by people who actually do it for a living. This isn’t one of them.