My relationship with the great theatre critic began with a wary interview but soon gave way to a lifetime of anecdotes, confidences, and laughter.
The San Francisco paper’s influential personified ratings icon, beloved by many readers, is facing fresh pushback from local theatre artists.
I was spared his famous fury, thankfully, but once I met him, we spoke—and argued—often about the theatre we both loved.
He made his name with vitriol, but ultimately the role of critical scourge began to play him.
Armed with the idea that truth-telling and empathy don’t have to be mutually exclusive, they founded Rescripted, an independent Chicago theatre publication.
Succeeding Sara Holdren at New York magazine, Shaw will shine her unblinking critical light on works big and small.
In the face of attendance unpredictability, let’s work together to ensure the vitality and impact of theatre for years to come.
Coming this fall: a new artist-driven online journal from the Lillys that aims to widen and diversify the discourse.
He’ll join an artist in conversation about the state of cultural criticism at the June gathering.
You can’t just dip into the best, most compulsively readable book ever written about the art and sweat of making theatre (though you may skip a few parts).