Must reads: Charles McNulty’s review in the Los Angeles Times of the Pasadena Playhouse production of Little Shop of Horrors (everyone’s favorite sci-fi musical comedy about a carnivorous plant), which made the critic’s list of the 17 best productions in L.A. this fall. // 2019

A.O. Scott, Better Living Through Criticism: “It’s the job of art to free our minds, and the task of criticism to figure out what to do with that freedom. That everyone is a critic means, or should mean, that we are each of us capable of thinking against our own prejudices, of balancing skepticism with open-mindedness, of sharpening our dulled and glutted senses and battling the intellectual inertia that surrounds us.” // 2016