When Clive Barnes wrote drama criticism for The New York Times, it was rumored he could shut down a Broadway show with a bad review. Knowledgeable criticism can lure people to the movies or send them to bookstores in search of obscure novels. Theatre professor Rick Davis (George Mason University) offers a few lessons to help all of us look at art more selectively, to determine if it’s good or bad or somewhere in-between.

Also: Composer-in-residence John Hilliard (James Madison University), who received an enthusiastic “two thumbs up” for his recent work “Mozart Rounded-Off,” the completion of an unfinished 1782 composition by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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