British theatre has changed radically during the past 20 years, mostly for the better. Curiously one of the things that has not really changed is mainstream criticism. Mainstream critics such as myself still write about theatre in a tradition that stretches back to the 19th century and beyond. Obviously, I’m not about to fashioned my review of the Sherman’s Cherry Orchard in the form of a haiku; my editor would not be best pleased.
A play can be thoroughly enjoyable even if its plot and the way its characters behave don’t quite stack up. That’s the case with Chris Thompson’s often terrifically entertaining drama about nature, nurture and the deal-breakers and responsibilities of parenthood and marriage. It begins in winning mode as we meet fortysomething solicitor Daniel (James Lance) and his much younger husband, party planner Oliver (Joshua Silver).
When he left the Royal Court in 1993 there were many who thought Max Stafford-Clark would never again be a major player in British theatre. He had been at the Court for 14 years, and his undignified and unwilling departure suggested that he had become institutionalised. What the doubters underestimated was just how shrewd an operator Stafford-Clark is, and how capable of creating his own luck. Within a year he was making the news, this time for the right reasons.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".