Yun-Cheol Kim, president of the International Association of Theatre Critics (AICT-IATC), announces the latest edition of Critical Stages has been posted. For this seventh volume of critical perspective from around the world, editor Patrice Pavis focused the Special Topic section on performance theory, which offers work regarding the nature of spectatorship from such scholars as Pavis, Matthew Reason, Peter M. Boenisch, Christopher Balme, Rachel Fensham, Hans-Thies Lehmann.
The Performance Review section, edited by Matti Linnavuori, features seventeen reviews from across the globe including a fascinating piece by Mihail Baykov on a Swedish production of Strindberg's Miss Julie presented in Bulgaria last summer. Baykov's discourse on Anna Pettersson's self-directed performance is appropriately titled "Beyond the Cliches of Miss Julie" and features a few arresting images of Pettersson's multimedia exploration in which "all characters merge—not only those of Julie, Jean and Christine, but also that of Anna Pettersson herself, who comments on the other roles."
The Essay section, edited by Maria Helena Serôdio, continues its mission of enhancing critical discourse by providing essays and reviews by five established authors, who are encouraged to move freely from essay to review, and from review to essay, often with relevant references to cultural theory. The Critics on Criticism section presents essays by critics Mark Brown and Andrea Tompa. Sections highlighting Interviews, Book Reviews, and Conference Papers are also filled with insight on international performance and performers.