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Jesse Green is the chief theater critic for The New York Times.



From 2013 to 2017 he was the theater critic for New York magazine, where he had also been a contributing editor, writing long-form features, since 2008. Before that, he wrote about theater and other cultural topics for the Arts & Leisure section of The New York Times while covering broader subjects for The New York Times Magazine. Articles he has written for these and many other publications have been recognized with nominations and prizes from the National Magazine Awards and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, among others.

His latest book, “Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers,” written with Rodgers, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Earlier books include the novel “O Beautiful” (Ballantine/Random House), which Entertainment Weekly called “one of the best first novels of the year,” in 1990. He is also the author of “The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood,” a memoir published by Villard/Random House in 1999 that was named one of the best nonfiction books of the year by The Los Angeles Times Book Review, one of the 10 best memoirs or biographies of the year by Amazon, and one of the best parenting books of the year by Child magazine. It won the Lambda Literary Award for Biography or Autobiography in 2000. His short fiction and essays have appeared in many magazines and collections.

Before turning to writing, Mr. Green worked in the theater as a gofer, a copyist, and a musical coordinator on Broadway shows. He has also written cryptic crosswords and other puzzles for many publications. He is a graduate of Yale College, with a degree in English and Theater.

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July Lineup Set For the Meighen Forum

July will bring the Meighen Forum to the Stratford Festival, offering diverse experiences such as the Season Deep Dive week which features leaders and artists of the Festival, CBC Ideas Week: Brave New Worlds which will welcome back host Nahlah Ayed for a week of exploration.
Review Roundup: Holland Taylor and Ana Villafañe Star in N/A

Read reviews for the world premiere of the new play N/A by Mario Correa starring Emmy Award-winner & Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominee Holland Taylor and Ana Villafañe.
Fourth Annual IN THE WORKS~IN THE WOODS Festival to Take Place at Forestburgh Playhouse in September

The fourth annual In the Works~In the Woods at Forestburgh Playhouse will be held September. Learn how to purchase tickets.
Review Roundup: DARK NOON at St. Ann's Warehouse

St. Ann's Warehouse presents the New York premiere of 2023's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the fix+foxy production Dark Noon, written and directed by acclaimed Danish director Tue Biering, co-directed and choreographed by South African theater-maker Nhlanhla Mahlangu, and produced by Glynis Henderson Productions, The Pleasance, and Alchemation. Check out what the critics are saying...
Review Roundup: HOME Opens On Broadway Directed By Kenny Leon

Home opens at the Todd Haimes Theatre on Broadway. Read the reviews!
Review Roundup: Alexis Scheer's BREAKING THE STORY

Second Stage Theater just celebrated opening night for the world premiere of Alexis Scheer's BREAKING THE STORY, directed by Jo Bonney. Check out what the critics are saying about the new play.
Pride Takes The Spotlight At The Stratford Festival

The Stratford Festival celebrates Pride with a series of events and performances highlighting LGBTQ+ stories and artists.
Review Roundup: Dave Malloy's THREE HOUSES Opens Off-Broadway

Performances are now underway for Dave Malloy's Three Houses, which is now playing at the Signature Theatre through June 9.  Read the reviews here!
Review Roundup: HERE THERE ARE BLUEBERRIES Opens At New York Theatre Workshop

New York Theatre Workshop and Tectonic Theater Project present Here There Are Blueberries, co-written by NYTW Usual Suspect and Tony & Emmy award nominee Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project) & Emmy Award nominee Amanda Gronich (The Laramie Project) and conceived & directed by Moisés Kaufman. Read reviews!
Untitled Theater Company No. 61's EXAGOGE Begins Tonight at La MaMa

The world premiere of Untitled Theater Company No. 61's Exagoge begins tonight at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre, located at 66 East 4th Street in New York City.
Review Roundup: Steve Carell Stars In UNCLE VANYA on Broadway

Academy Award-winner Steve Carell makes his Broadway debut in Anton Chekhov’s UNCLE VANYA now playing at The Lincoln Center Theater. Read the reviews!
Review Roundup: Rachel McAdams Stars In MARY JANE Opening Tonight on Broadway

Film star Rachel McAdams comes to Broadway in Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of Mary Jane, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog. Read the reviews!
Review Roundup: Peter Morgan's PATRIOTS Arrives on Broadway

Michael Stuhlbarg is back on Broadway in Patriots, the timely new play by Peter Morgan, and directed by two-time Olivier Award winner Rupert Goold. BroadwayWorld is pulling together the concensus from the New York City critics and you can check out they are saying about the new play below!
Review Roundup: CABARET AT THE KIT KAT CLUB Opens on Broadway

Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club is now running at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway. Check out what the critics had to say here!
Review Roundup: Shaina Taub's SUFFS Opens On Broadway!

The fight for women's votes has made its way to Broadway in Suffs, a new musical from Shaina Taub, opening tonight at the Music Box Theatre! Read the reviews below to see how the critics responded to this historic new musical!
Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In on Suzan-Lori Parks' SALLY & TOM

The Public Theater just celebrated opening night for the New York premiere of SALLY & TOM, a bold new dramedy written by Pulitzer Prize winner and Public Theater Writer-in-Residence Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Steve H. Broadnax III. Check out what the critics are saying!
Review Roundup: LEMPICKA Opens on Broadway

Lempicka, the new musical portrait of artist Tamara de Lempicka, opened on Broadway tonight, Sunday, April 14 at the Longacre Theatre. See what the critics had to say here!
Review Roundup: THE OUTSIDERS Opens On Broadway

S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders has made the jump from page to stage and is opening on Broadway tonight at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The critics stopped by to see what the musical take on the literary classic has in store for audiences! Read the reviews!
Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents SCOTLAND, PA State Premiere

Pittsburgh Public Theater has announced the state premiere of the acclaimed musical SCOTLAND, PA.
Pittsburgh Public Theater To Present Pennsylvania Premiere Of Musical Comedy SCOTLAND, PA

Pittsburgh Public Theater will present the Pennsylvania premiere of the rock musical SCOTLAND, PA. Learn how to purchase tickets.

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