For some reason, I decided to just start going through my links over the right side of the page there. These are the links to sites that cover theater in the Boston area and beyond, including a long blogroll of people who primarily write about theater.
As I went through, testing the links one at a time, I learned that many are changed, and some are gone.
I had to remove a lot from the list of sites covering the Boston area.
Many places like the Boston Phoenix and the Providence Phoenix simply don't exist. Timeout Boston doesn't really cover theater anymore, and neither does the Boston Herald or the Boston Metro. Some independent sites that kept up with coverage for quite a while have fallen away, too.
It wasn't really that surprising as arts coverage has been declining for a long time. In fact, it is kind of an evergreen subject in the realm of writing about the arts. Just this week, Howlround had a piece by Jonathan Mandell entitled: "Are Theatre Critics Critical?"
The Los Angeles based theater site Bitter Lemons reported recently on an LA theater writer who has begun to post quick, two-minute "Exit Reviews" on YouTube. The purpose is to give her initial reaction to the show just after she leaves the theater.
While Bitter Lemons is not a fan, they are sympathetic to critic's desire to catch up with the digital revolution.
There is a sadness I feel with all of this.
As coverage has fallen to probably an all-time low, the theater scene in Boston has exploded with talent, new companies and even some new spaces.