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click to enlarge André De Shields (Lear) and Rayme Cornell (Goneril) in the 2021 St. Louis Shakespeare Festival's production of King Lear. - COURTESY OF SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL


André De Shields (Lear) and Rayme Cornell (Goneril) in the 2021 St. Louis Shakespeare Festival’s production of King Lear.

The Post Shipment announced this weekend that it will stop posting art reviews because the articles don’t get enough traffic online. William Roth, artistic director of the St. Louis Actors’ Studio shared the news on his Facebook page. The quote comes from an email from Post Shipment.

“The Post Shipment unfortunately it will suspend art reviews. We find that reviews reach a very small portion of our STLtoday audience, so we’re focusing our resources on other types of performing arts coverage that will resonate with more of our subscribers. But that doesn’t mean less theatrical coverage; we’ll look to write even more previews and profiles that help connect our readers to your work and news about your organization. We welcome your ideas and opportunities to showcase the people who make theater come alive.”

“We do not waver in our commitment to coverage of the arts,” he says. St. Louis Post Dispatch Publisher Alan Achkar. “As we reassess reviews, we will continue to highlight theater and symphony coverage and hope to move on to more features, profiles, trailers and trending stories. artistic coverage in the St. Louis Post Dispatch it will continue to be vibrant and strong.”

Roth disagrees. “Intelligent review, debate, and interpretation of the arts often begin with a point of view expressed by a journalist,” Roth wrote in an email. “Covid and streaming entertainment have kept people at home. Without an initial point of view, public discourse around the arts and attendance suffers.”

The RFT has cut back on art reviews since the pandemic, but plans to start doing more theater reviews starting with Black Rep’s Jitney, which opens May 11.

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