This course will explore the possibilities and purposes for writing about live performance. Students will read different styles of criticism and arguments about the critic's role in contemporary theatre. At the heart of the course is attendance at six live theatre performances. Upon seeing the performances, students will be expected to write reviews and often have opportunities to speak to and interview the artists involved. Students should expect to be confronted with a wide variety of performance genres which will enable them to broaden their artistic vocabulary, sharpen their written voice and engage with the theatrical community within the Five Colleges and beyond.