The News & Observer will significantly cut back on its performing arts reviews beginning September 1, according to an email sent to people in the Triangle performing arts community from the paper’s performing arts correspondent, Roy C. Dicks.
According to Dicks’s email, the paper’s performing arts reviews have low online readership and “therefore are being dropped.”
However, the N&O’s culture editor, Jessica Banov, told the INDY there “isn’t a plan to get rid of reviews outright.”
“We know how important the performing arts scene is to the Triangle and we will continue to write stories about local theater and the arts,” Banov wrote in an email.
In an email to the INDY, Dicks explained the contradictory messages: “I can understand that the [N&O] doesn’t want to say it’s absolutely stopping all reviews but, for the purposes of what the theaters and the public have come to expect, reviews will be going from 70 or so in a year down to one or two,” he wrote.…