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Offscript: Ringing Out 2021 With Lily Janiak and Jesse Green

For the final podcast of the year, the editors plumb the year-end thoughts and feelings of critics from the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Offscript, American Theatre’s flagship podcast for a number of years, is back as a Facebook Live chat with the magazine’s editors and special guests as well as an audio podcast.

To close out the exhausting roller coaster that has been calendar year 2021, we are joined by New York Times chief critic Jesse Green and San Francisco Chronicle chief critic Lily Janiak, who talk about their different approaches to covering theatre on opposite coasts, the highlights (and some lowlights) of the past year, and what they’re hoping/looking forward to for both their trade and the field they cover. (One thing Rob immediately got wrong: His plans to see a new live staging of Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas at New Victory Theater over the weekend, which he touts at the end of the podcast, were thwarted by one of New York City’s many COVID cancellations. Doh!)

You can download the episode here or view the video here.

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