Dislikes

  • Onstage worlds in which someone might enter carrying Starbucks
  • Plays that have no music in them
  • Theatre that would work just as well as a reading, or in another medium
  • Isolation, onstage and off
  • Theatre that doesn't pass the Bechdel test
  • Theatrical worlds populated only by white people
  • The mundane, unless made extraordinary
  • Fluff, except when it is so joy-inducing as to hardly be fluff anymore
  • Work that is entirely or almost entirely non-verbal
  • Abstract concepts in the absence of narrative
  • Work that makes you only think or feel and not both (or worse, neither)
  • Characters who don't want things or don't take action to pursue them
  • Prosceniums (metaphorically speaking)
  • Donald Trump etc.

Likes

  • Fantastical worlds
  • Female heroes
  • Anachronism
  • Unanswerable questions
  • Calls to action
  • Escapism and the critique thereof
  • The use of theatrical devices to marry form and function
  • Extraordinary people, or ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances
  • Dirt
  • Magic
  • World-shatteringly high stakes
  • Theatricality, presented through scrappiness or grand spectacle
  • Human relationships
  • Research
  • Theatre in which every aspect is equally integral
  • Collaboration with kindred spirits
  • Collaboration with the audience
  • Beauty and joy and hope, even in societies on the verge of collapse
  • The mysterious
  • The impossible
  • The unrelenting pursuit and portrayal of truth