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Ben Brantley was formerly the co-chief theater critic for The New York Times. He has been a staff critic since 1996, filing reviews regularly from London as well as New York. Subjects of his profiles include the underground Belarus Free Theater in Minsk, and Barbra Streisand in Malibu.


Before joining the Times in 1993, Mr. Brantley was a staff writer for the New Yorker and Vanity Fair. He reviewed fashion for Women’s Wear Daily, where he was the Paris bureau chief and European editor, and movies for Elle magazine.
Mr. Brantley grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C., and graduated from Swarthmore College. He is the editor of two books of New York Times theater reviews and a recipient of the George Jean Nathan Award for theater criticism.

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Belarus Free Theatre To Debut Newest Work at La Mama This Fall

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (ETC) will open its 63rd season this fall with the latest new work created by the internationally-acclaimed Belarus Free Theater, KS6: SMALL FORWARD.
Video: Inside Rehearsal for The Old Man and The Old Moon at South Coast Repertory

Go inside rehearsals for South Coast Repertory's producton of The Old Man and The Old Moon, with book, music and lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co in this all-new video.
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG's Final Week Was Highest Grossing Week Ever For A Sondheim Musical

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG sets a new record as the highest-grossing Sondheim musical in a single week, breaking the box office record for the 10th and final time.
Four County Players to Open 52nd Season With Shakespeare at the Ruins: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

Four County Players will open their 52nd season with Shakespeare at the Ruins: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, directed by 'Derby' Thomas this summer. Learn how to purchase tickets.
THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON Comes to South Coast Repertory Next Month

South Coast Repertory will return for a final summer at Mission San Juan Capistrano with The Old Man and The Old Moon, book, music and lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co.  The Outside SCR offering, which performs outdoors under the stars, runs July 20-Aug. 11.
Review: GYPSY: A MUSICAL FABLE at Music Theatre Wichita At Century II Concert Hall

What did our critic think of GYPSY: A MUSICAL FABLE at Music Theatre Wichita At Century II Concert Hall? There is a reason the musical Gypsy: A Musical Fable is a Golden Age classic. The text, suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee and written by Authur Laurents, is economical and succinct. Jule Styne’s music varies from catchy tunes to lush, foreboding orchestral maneuvers, and Sondheim’s nascent lyrics are simple and accessible, yet cut to the core of each scene’s objective.
Ain Gordon & Josh Quillen's RELICS AND THEIR HUMANS to be Presented at La Mama

Pick Up Performance Co.’s Relics and Their Humans, written and performed by Ain Gordon and Josh Quillen and directed by Gordon, will make its New York premiere at La MaMa ETC. Learn how to purchase tickets.
Video: Learn About the History of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Learn about the history of Merrily We Roll Along! Learn more about the show, currently playing on Broadway, and see how to purchase tickets.
Video: Watch Caissie Levy & Eleanor Worthington-Cox Sing 'Maybe' from NEXT TO NORMAL

Get a sneak peek of the West End production of Next to Normal with Caissie Levy & Eleanor Worthington-Cox performing 'Maybe' from the show. Watch the full video here!
Premieres From Ryan J. Haddad, Sarah Mantell & More Set for Playwrights Horizons 2024-25 Season

Playwrights Horizons has revealed its 2024-25 season. See the full lineup and learn how to purchase tickets.
Lea Delaria And Judy Gold Announce Dates Join BIG GAY CABARET At Mercury Theater

The Big Gay Cabaret Series presented by Ginger Minj has announced performance dates for Lea DeLaria and Judy Gold.
Spotlight: BOEING BOEING at Valencia College

“Boeing Boeing” takes a comedic flight at Valencia College.
Alexandra Billings, Honey West, and Claybourne Elder Set For Ginger Minj's BIG GAY CABARET SERIES

The Big Gay Cabaret Series presented by Ginger Minj has announced performance dates for Alexandra Billings & Honey West and Broadway's Claybourne Elder.
Spotlight: BOEING BOEING at Valencia College

“Boeing Boeing” takes a comedic flight at Valencia College.
Video: In Rehearsal with Judy Kuhn for UNKNOWN SOLDIER

Watch as Judy Kuhn talks about joining the company of Unkown Solider at Arena Stage. Said Kuhn on the project 'I play Lucy Anderson... She's a woman who has had a fantasy about what her life should or could have been. I love doing theater, it's so collaborative and there's nothing more collaborative than a new musical.'
MR. BURNS Original Cast and Director to Reunite for 10th Anniversary Benefit Readings

Playwrights Horizons will present a benefit concert reading of Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets.
ARC to Present Fundraiser Reading of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT in May

The Actors' Reading Collective (ARC) will present a live reading of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis' hilarious, poignant, thought-provoking work The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot, to raise funds for ARC's first fully-produced, in-person production of The Antipodes by Annie Baker.
New Musical TEETH Gets Second Extension At Playwrights Horizons

Due to popular demand, the new Off-Broadway musical TEETH has extended its run again. Get the latest updates on the show's schedule and more.
Mad Horse Theatre Company Presents TUMACHO, A COWBOY COMEDY This Spring

Catch the hilarious cowboy comedy TUMACHO by Ethan Lipton at Mad Horse Theatre Company from April 11 - May 5.
Review Roundup: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is now running at The Westside Theatre. See what the critics are saying!

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