The prize for criticism in Germany goes to a director. How about an Oscar, then, for critics?

The Theodor Lessing prize for criticism, worth 20,000 Euros, has been given to the stage director Claus Peymann, head of the Berliner Ensemble.

Am I missing something here?

Apparently not. Peymann, 74,  qualifies for the award because of ‘the social themes’ he reflects in theatre. That makes him a critic, they say.

In which case, the people who are sent by newspapers to review his performances  must be artists.

Funny old world.

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