We’re a community of people who enjoy theater and want it to flourish. For that to happen, shows need to easily and quickly find audiences who will enjoy them – if there are too many empty seats, the show literally can’t go on.
Reviews by professional critics help with that process, since they can highlight the “best” shows. The problem, of course, is that “best” means different things to different people. In addition, professional reviews aren’t published until the show is well into its run, with only limited performances remaining after opening night. Finally, the number of professional theater critics is dwindling as the media landscape evolves – many great shows only get one professional review (or none at all).
That’s where our community comes in. Collectively, we see lots of theater. If even a small number of us review a show, we can help everyone find shows they will like.
These guidelines don’t limit debate. They encourage it.
Theater is meant to provoke a response. So get started! Find a show you’ve seen, click “Score”, and help others decide if it’s something they’ll like.