Time Out comes out this week with a big cover-story poll on the New York critics. In every field.
We set out to review the reviewers, our own included. First, we developed a system of grading, on a scale of one to six, using five categories: knowledge, style, taste, accessibility and influence. Next, we enlisted panelists, from publicists to curators and artists—in other words, the people most likely to be directly affected by criticism—to use our system to rate NYC’s arbiters of taste and to provide (anonymous) comments.Complete list of panelists here. Even some bloggers' votes were also solicited, including yours truly.
So take a look at the theatre roundup. You may be surprised.
For instance, lowest scoring? Hilton Als! Not Charles Isherwood.
Highest scoring? Charles Isherwood.
(Actually, not technically true. Time Out's own David Cote eeked him out! But the TONY critics are listed separately. Good for David. But I'm sure he's not a little embarassed by the appearance of rigging. I can attest, though, that the whole process was pretty anonymous and independently conducted.)