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Eric Bentley

 
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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 ... (read complete bio)
 
Eric Bentley Headshot

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

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[Off-Broadway, 1971]
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Eric Bentley Biography

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‚Äď1961, 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.




Eric Bentley News

L.A. Theatre Works Announces Additional Audio Theater Offerings Photo L.A. Theatre Works Announces Additional Audio Theater Offerings
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 1, 2020

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 Photo Video Flashback: Eric Bentley on THEATER TALK in 1998
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 6, 2020

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 Photo Video Flashback: Composer Maury Yeston and Critic Eric Bentley on THEATER TALK
by Stage Tube - Aug 6, 2020

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 Photo Theatre Critic, Playwright, and Educator Eric Bentley Passes Away at 103
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 5, 2020

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  Photo The Phoenix Theatre Ensemble to Present a Staged Reading of Peter Danish's LAST CALL (AT THE HOTEL SACHER WIEN)
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 2, 2020

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 Photo Henning Rubsam Brings Sensedance To Ailey, November 17
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 11, 2019

In preparation for a Spring 2020 season, R√ľbsam 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 Photo Ryan McCartan, Brian Stokes Mitchell and More at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 8, 2019

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 IM Photo Ensemble Presents Off-Broadway Premiere Of HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN: TALES REAL AND IMAGINED
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 21, 2019

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 Photo Ensemble for the Romantic Century Continues Season With MAESTRO
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 10, 2019

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 Joh Photo Ensemble for the Romantic Century Hosts Off-Broadway Premiere of MAESTRO Starring John Noble
by Julie Musbach - Dec 4, 2018

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).

Eric Bentley Videos

Video Flashback: Composer Maury Yeston and Critic Eric Bentley on THEATER TALK VideoVideo Flashback: Composer Maury Yeston and Critic Eric Bentley on THEATER TALK
by Stage Tube - Aug 6, 2020

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


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).