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 Posted: Sat May 22nd, 2010 04:11 pm
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Doug B

Joined: Thu May 20th, 2010
Location: Eastsound, Washington USA
Posts: 94
Two points:

First the artist is NOT the best one to judge their own work.  The biggest obstacle is that you know what you intended.  I can point to dozens of plays I have written or critiqued where the playwright understood what was happening and could not understand that the reader (or audience member) could not see what was so clear to the playwright.  As playwright you know everything about each character.  The audience only knows what they see and hear.  It is hard to put that inside knowledge aside.

Secondly, you need to consider the source of the criticism and look behind the actual words to find out what was meant by the criticism.  I can't tell you how often I get criticism that has nothing to do with the play but shows the desire of the reader.  Here are two real life examples:  "I think Karen should be 50 years old."  (From a 50 year old actress ignoring the fact that Karen has two children under five years old.)  "I hate Beth."  (because she was having an affair and the reviewer thought it was wrong for anyone to have an affair.)

There is also the criticism that you do not agree with.  "This should be a comedy." or "Gabe is too nice."  In these cases, carefully consider the comment and if you disagree with it, ignore it.  Of course, if ten people all say the same thing, they are probably right.  On the other hand, if you agree with the criticism, you need to fix what is wrong.