About

About

Aisle Seat Review (ASR) is created by people devoted to theater, opera, ballet, music performance, movies and the performing arts in all its forms.

While our primary focus is on performance in the greater San Francisco Bay area, our reviewers have been known to cover/attend events across California and beyond. If it’s a good performance — we’d like to see it.

Editorially, we hope to add our voices and experience to those helping to keep performance arts vigorously alive and growing. We will tell you what we really think, not what we know the venue’s management would like us to say. If it’s bad, we’ll tell you how and why. If it’s good, we’ll tell you how and why.

We’ll strive to make our reviews interesting, original, well written, and well edited. We may drop a page or two from the AP or Chicago Manual of Style, but know our hearts are in the right place (as in, at the beck-and-call of our Copy Editors…)

If you have an event or show you’d like us to cover, a comment, suggestion, or even a complaint please don’t hesitate to let us know at editors@aisleseatreview.com.

We’ll read every email and reply as necessary ASAP.

Review Bylines

Our reviews have two types of bylines — an individual byline (i.e. “by Michael Brown”) and a team byline (i.e. “by Team ASR”.)

This latter approach allows contributors to this site to remain anonymous when posting a review. In the hard fought trenches of contemporary performance art, being able to post a review in this manner conveys valuable information and opinion to our readers, while retaining / maintaining professional relationships. While Team ASR contributors may do so anonymously, please understand  that they take personal responsibility for creating their reviews.

All content on Aisle Seat Review is subject to editorial review prior to publication.

Review Forms

Our reviews also come in a few basic forms:

  • An “Aisle Seat THEATER Review”
    • These focus primarily on the overall theatrical presentation with less emphasis on the underlying text.
  • An “Aisle Seat DRAMA Review”
    • These focus primarily on the playwright and his/her/their work and message(s).
  • An “Aisle Seat TECHNICAL Review”
    • These focus primarily on the technical aspects of the performance, such as direction, lights, set design, costumes, make-up and wig design, sound design, stage management, and so on.
  • An “Aisle Seat PERFORMANCE (Music, Opera, Ballet, etc.) Review”
    • These are (non-theater) genre-specific event performance reviews.
  • “Thoughts from the Playwright’s Desk “
    • Without playwrights theater would be pretty dull. This column presents a forum for a playwright to voice his or her thoughts. If you’re a playwright and have something on your mind that you’d like to share with our readers, drop us a note at editors@aisleseatreview.com.
  • “A Few Words from The Management “
    • Performance Arts management staff often have thankless jobs. That said, the work these dedicated professionals do gives them a unique perspective on our world. We should hear more from them! So, if you’re in Performance Arts management and have something on your mind that you’d like to share with our readers, drop us a note at editors@aisleseatreview.com.
  • ” Lesson Notes: Performance Arts Teachers Speak Out”
    • Almost all of us started our performance journey in a classroom of one stripe or another. Often, performance teachers and/or teaching artists are cited as some of the most influential contributors of successful performing professionals. So, if you’re a teaching artist or teach in a more traditional school, college, or university setting (or are a retired teacher!) and have something on your mind that you’d like to share with our readers, drop us a note at editors@aisleseatreview.com.
  • An “Aisle Seat GEAR Profile”
    • These entries focus primarily on the hardware, software, and equipment used in the performing arts.