Show-Score is a diverse community of people who love theatre and want it to flourish. Collectively, we see lots of theatre. When we review a show, we help others find the right show for them.
Every community can benefit from a set of shared agreements. These are ours:
I will help my fellow theatre fans. When I score a show, I will detail the elements of the show I did or didn't enjoy (i.e. the script, the set, the music, the performances etc). I understand that saying “Just go!” or “Stay away!” doesn't provide enough context. I will say what I thought, why, and who might enjoy the show, even if I didn't.
I will be constructive. I will write with a spirit of generosity, even if a show is not to my taste. We all know what it feels like to walk out of a show walking on air, or wanting that time back, but that really doesn't help others understand whether a show is for them. I will write about what worked for me and what didn't.
I will be respectful. Personal attacks and bullying are never acceptable. While engaging with story, plot, production elements, and performances all inform our experience, I will not make disparaging remarks about an individual's physical appearance.
I will be discreet. If I attended a Show-Score Member Night, I will not mention the fee I paid for my ticket in my review.
I will be honest with my community. For Show-Score to be truly helpful, the reviews on it need to come from a truthful place. If I'm involved in a production, or have a relationship with someone on the team, I will not review it.
I will not score a show if I didn't see the whole thing. If I walked out of a show before it finished, I will not score it. It's not fair to your fellow theatre fans to read a review based on a partial experience. By the same token, I will not review a dress rehearsal of a show.
These tips don't limit debate. They encourage it. Theatre is meant to provoke a response. So get started! Score a show you've seen and help others decide if it's the right show for them.