As the Chicago Tribune’s lead theatre critic from 1978 to 2002, he helped build the city’s unique theatre scene, both by covering it and by getting to know its major players.
He was a stage manager whose career ranged from the Midwest to Broadway to Salt Lake City.
Known for his historical plays, including ‘Nixon’s Nixon,’ Lees also made a name scripting video games.
How the Philly playwright’s arrival in New York in 1968 changed the course of Black theatre in the U.S.
He was a writer with rigor and taste, but as anyone who knew him (or sat near him) could tell you, he was as demonstrative and passionate an advocate as the theatre has ever had.
Lovers, friends, and colleagues gathered in New Orleans to celebrate the founding editor’s open mind, questing spirit, and the delights he shared with the world.
He was like a father to many of us, so it shouldn’t be surprising that he did what a good father does: He kept showing up, and showing his love.
His path-breaking musicals have handily outlasted their detractors, in part because they remain so singularly alive.
Though he ran a magazine based in New York City, he tirelessly—and uniquely—spread the love around the entire national theatre scene.
The founding editor of American Theatre did everything with gusto, including mentoring two generations of theatre journalists.