by Valerie Cardinal
I took a look at two reviews of The San Family, playing this week in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Elissa Barnard at the Chronicle Herald used 570 words, while Kate Watson at the Coast stuck to only 178 words.
Although shorter reviews are punchier and pithier, there are some definite drawbacks.
There’s no time to get too specific in a short review. In Barnard’s review of The San Family, she goes quite deep into the play’s setting in a sanatorium. Watson doesn’t have the space to do that, instead describing the play as “An interesting story that educators will love for shining a light on the shameful segregation of the past while offering an ultimately hopeful message.” This gives you an enticing view of what the show is about, while not giving you any specific details.
[Publisher's note: The Charlebois Post policy on review length is now: "Write what you need to say, then stop."]