Thursday, May 24, 2012


The Feminist Spectator has posted a new item, 'Scandal'

Shonda Rimes’ new television series arrived at its first season finale last week, after a terrific premiere and seven-week run and the promise of renewal for a second season.  Kerry Washington stars in the first series to feature an African American woman in the leading role since 1974, a fact of network history that seems [...]

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Diversity Drama in the 2012-2013 Season

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The Feminist Spectator has posted a new item, 'Diversity Drama in the 2012-2013 Season'

I'm coming late to the controversy over the resoundingly white male-written and -directed season announced for the Guthrie next year, in part because I'm tired of hearing myself rehearse the same old indignities at these repetitive insults to women’s artistry and integrity.  Reading the many smart excoriations of Guthrie artistic director Joe Dowling’s defensive protestations [...]

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Smash and Broadway

The Feminist Spectator has posted a new item called "Smash and Broadway."  Here's a teaser:

Smash ended its first season this week, and has been renewed for a second, minus Theresa Rebeck, its creator and original show runner (and one of the only women playwrights to be produced on Broadway).  Too bad that Rebeck is losing such a high profile, visible perch from which to write for television, but maybe [...]

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Monday, May 07, 2012

George Jean Nathan Award . . . and New Web Site

The ceremony at which I received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for 2010-2011 was staged in Prospect House at Princeton University on April 28, 2012.  Cornell professors Roger Gilbert and Ellen Gainor (who kindly nominated me for this honor) presented me with the actual award, after which I delivered the following remarks.  My words were followed by a panel discussion about theatre criticism, gender, and blogging, the audio transcript of which I hope to post shortly.  Once it's transcribed, I'll add it to The Feminist Spectator site.

This post also marks the launch of my new web site.  At the Nathan Award event, Helaine Gawlica, my archivist and webmistress, presented the new site.  I want to thank her for her work migrating The Feminist Spectator from Blogger, and for designing the look and architecture of the new site.  I'm very pleased to move The Feminist Spectator into its next iteration.

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Thanks to all of you who've been loyal followers of The Feminist Spectator on Blogger, which will now remain as an archive of the original blog.  All future posts will be found on the new site.

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My best,

The Feminist Spectator