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Ep. 9: Theater Criticism with Theater Critic Roy Dicks

Last month, in an article for ‘Fast Company,’ Jed Gottlieb wrote about being the last critic standing at a major Boston newspaper and why that even matters. In that article, Gottlieb writes that critics not only concretely bolster arts and culture but arts writers also provide a historical record of their beat like no other reporter. And here in Raleigh, it might be said, that nobody has bolstered the arts, theater, classical music, opera, and dance, more so than Roy Dicks, who wrote theater criticism for the ‘News & Observer’ for over 20 years. Although he retired from the newspaper last summer, Roy is still writing. Hear what he has to say about the role of the theater critic and reviews, the evolution of arts coverage in print and online, and what’s next for him.

Be sure to also listen to Episode 10 wherein Roy walks us through 47 Years of Triangle Theater History.

About the Guest

Roy C. Dicks has undergraduate degrees in English and in Drama from East Carolina University and a Masters of Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. His theater background includes performing in 65 productions at area university, community and dinner theaters, as well as directing 34 productions in the Triangle for those same theaters, including productions for Raleigh Ensemble Players, the theater company he co-founded and was co-artistic director for from 1982 to 1992. He wrote theater reviews for Raleigh’s weekly ‘Spectator Magazine’ from 1978-1986 (250 reviews) and was performing arts writer for the daily Raleigh ‘News and Observer’ from 1997 to 2018 (1,200 reviews, previews and interviews). He currently writes theater reviews for the online website, ‘Classical Voice of North Carolina’ (CVNC). Roy also has written for Opera Quarterly,’ ‘American Record Guide,’ ‘Dance Magazine’ and ‘Pointe Magazine.’ He is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America and the American Theatre Critics Association


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