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Eric Bentley was an influential theater critic who died at 103. He was also a member of the New York Theater Hall of Fame, recognizing his many years of cabaret performances.

Beginning in 1953, he taught at Columbia University and was a theatre critic for The New Republic. He became known for his blunt style of theatre criticism, and was threatened with lawsuits from both Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller for his unfavorable reviews of their work. From 1960–1961, Bentley was the Charles Eliot Norton Professor at Harvard University.

Bentley was one of the preeminent experts on Bertolt Brecht, whom he met at the University of California, Los Angeles as a young man and whose work he translated extensively. He edited the Grove Press issue of Brecht's work, and recorded two albums of Brecht's songs for Folkways Records, most of which had never before been recorded in English.

He won an Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre from the American Theatre Wing in 2006 and a Robert Chesley Award in 2007.

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Carnegie Hall's FALL OF THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC: DANCING ON THE PRECIPICE Festival Continues This Spring

Experience the continuation of CARNEGIE HALL's FALL OF THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC: DANCING ON THE PRECIPICE festival this spring.

MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN Extends Through March 9 At Trap Door Theatre

Trap Door Theatre Presents Mother Courage and her Children by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Eric Bentley and directed by Max Truax. Extended through March 9, 2024.

Carnegie Hall to Present 100+ Events as Part of Weimar Festival

Carnegie Hall has revealed a schedule of 100+ events for the Weimar Festival, January-May 2024.

Trap Door Theatre to Present MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN in January

Trap Door Theatre presents 'Mother Courage and her Children,' a boisterous and musical production of Bertolt Brecht's classic play.

Prof. Dr. Erika Fischer-Lichte Receives Thalia Prize From The International Association of Theatre Critics

The International Association of Theatre Critics (AICT/IATC) announced that Prof. Dr. Erika Fischer-Lichte, the renowned German theorist on theatre and performance will receive the 2024 Thalia Prize at its 2024 World Congress in Brno, Czechia, in May.

HB Playwrights Theatre Performs a Scene From NEW YEAR'S DAY (SAE HAE) by Youlim Nam

New Year's Day (Sae Hae), a full-length play written by Youlim Nam, is set to showcase a reprisal of one of its scenes at the HB Playwrights Theatre as part of The Independent Study Project Lab on August 20th, 2023 at 3 pm.

Open Space Arts to Present Fall 2023 'Micro-Theater' Productions of MASSAGE THERAPY and ROSENBERG

Open Space Arts is set to captivate audiences with their hyper-intimate 'micro-theater' productions of 'MASSAGE THERAPY' and 'ROSENBERG' in fall 2023. Discover the dates, venues, and limited seating information for these unique performances. Don't miss out on this extraordinary theatrical experience.

Documentary Honoring Eric Bentley to Have World Premiere at New Plaza Cinema at The Macaulay Honors College

Royal Road Productions is proud to present a new documentary about the life and legacy of Eric Bentley, one of the most respected theater critics, playwrights, editors and translators of our time.

L.A. Theatre Works Announces Additional Audio Theater Offerings

The world's leading producer of audio theater, L.A. Theatre Works offers audiences around the globe free access to state-of-the-art recordings of both contemporary and classic plays, each performed by leading actors of stage and screen.

Video Flashback: Eric Bentley on THEATER TALK in 1998

Eric Bentley, revered drama critic, translator, playwright, poet, educator and stage director, passed away yesterday at age 103. Bentley's criticism is noteworthy for covering practical, aesthetic, and philosophical aspects of theatre, stemming from a belief that art must rescue humanity from meaninglessness.

Video Flashback: Composer Maury Yeston and Critic Eric Bentley on THEATER TALK

Theater Talk has released a video from its archives, an episode from 1998 featuring composer Maury Yeston and critic Eric Bentley!

Theatre Critic, Playwright, and Educator Eric Bentley Passes Away at 103

Eric Bentley, revered drama critic, translator, playwright, poet, educator and stage director, has passed away at age 103.

The Phoenix Theatre Ensemble to Present a Staged Reading of Peter Danish's LAST CALL (AT THE HOTEL SACHER WIEN)

The Phoenix Theatre Ensemble presents a staged reading of Peter Danish's stunning new play 'LAST CALL (at the Hotel Sacher Wien)' directed by Elise Stone. The play tells the story of the final encounter between Leonard Bernstein and Herbert Von Karajan.

Henning Rubsam Brings Sensedance To Ailey, November 17

In preparation for a Spring 2020 season, Rübsam presents his company SENSEDANCE in an informal showing  at the Ailey Studios, 405 West 55 Street   Sunday, November 17 at 6:00pm. (studio will be open for seating at 5:30 pm)

Ryan McCartan, Brian Stokes Mitchell and More at Feinstein's/54 Below

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551.

Ensemble Presents Off-Broadway Premiere Of HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN: TALES REAL AND IMAGINED

Ensemble for the Romantic Century (Eve Wolf, Executive Artistic Director) continues the 2018 - '19 season, ERC's 18th, with its final offering of the season, Hans Christian Andersen: Tales Real & Imagined by Eve Wolf. 

Ensemble for the Romantic Century Continues Season With MAESTRO

Ensemble for the Romantic Century (Eve Wolf, Executive Artistic Director) continues the 2018 - '19 season, ERC's 18th, with Maestro by Eve Wolf, opening Monday January 14th.  This limited Off-Broadway engagement runs through February 9th only. Performances are at The Duke on 42nd Street (229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues). Previews NOW!

Ensemble for the Romantic Century Hosts Off-Broadway Premiere of MAESTRO Starring John Noble

Ensemble for the Romantic Century is proud to announce that the 2018 - '19 season, ERC's 18th, will continue January 3rd with Maestroby Eve Wolf. Opening Night is set for January 14th.  This limited Off-Broadway engagement runs through February 9th only. Performances will be at The Duke on 42nd Street (229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues).

SAVE THE DATE: Nashville Theater Calendar for November 5, 2018

Looking ahead, you'll find a number of new productions on tap for your entertainment pleasure, thanks to the efforts of theater companies all over Middle Tennessee. Here's our calendar for November 5, 2018, to help you plot your course through the end of the year...

High School Drama: Hillsboro High School's Tim Russell

Hillsboro High School's Tim Russell is deep into tech week with his castmates for their upcoming production of Bertolt Brecht's The Causasian Chalk Circle, which opens Thursday night, November 1, and is presented by The Hillsboro Players under the direction of Will Butler and Kristin Moon.

Eric Bentley FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many shows has Eric Bentley written?

Eric Bentley has written 3 shows including A Man's a Man (Lyricist), The Red, White and Black (Bookwriter/Lyricist), Are You Now or Have You Ever Been (Playwright).

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