11 – Evaluation

Criticism will be a part of any job you will ever have.

What the professional critics have to say about your work is less important to you than it is to the producer. Good reviews sell tickets. So, while you certainly want good reviews for the production, the best notices any designer may receive are no notices. Good design should blend seamlessly into the production as a whole.

So, unless you decide, and convince a director and producer, that the Prologue for your production of Henry V should be fully staged, complete with horses and long bows, criticism is likely irrelevant. If the production is a success, to the audience, to the critics, to the producers, and most importantly, to the team, then you are a success no matter what ...

Get Theatrical Design now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.