Every other week, the editors of American Theatre curate a free-ranging discussion about the lively arts.
This week we chat with outgoing senior editor Eliza Bent, who after nearly 9 years at American Theatre has left its full-time employ. Don’t worry, she’ll still continue her popular Strategies column (a.k.a. Innovations), plus a new monthly “love” column based on the premise of this great feature about theatrical couples who work together. Here she reminisces about some of her favorite stories, from A Streetcar Named Desire in Latvia to time spent trailing Under the Radar’s Mark Russell. Fellow editor Rob Weinert-Kendt praises her theatre awards roundup and her beautiful, counterintuitive story about older performers. A versatile playwright, performer and teacher in her own right, Eliza will be missed around the office—but not, dear reader, in our pages (print and digital).
Also, Rob joins fellow editors Suzy Evans and Diep Tran to talk about the proliferation of season announcements and give their recommendations: Diep of a new The Sound of Music Companion, Suzy of the theatre-savvy Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Rob of a pair of upcoming Broadway shows based on two of his favorite Vincente Minnelli MGM musicals, An American in Paris and Gigi.