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Drama Critics Panel / Heilpern, Kalb and Soloski

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May 19, 2008
May 19, 2008
Segal Theater

Renowned theatre critics John Heilpern and Jonathan Kalb will be joined by Alexis Soloski of the Village Voice, for a dialogue exploring the role and impact of theatre criticism.

John Heilpern, born in England and educated at Oxford, is the longtime drama critic of the New York Observer. He has worked as Sir Peter Hall’s assistant director at the National Theatre in London and as a librettist for Michael Bennett (A Chorus Line) on Broadway. Among his books, Conference of the Birds is the classic story of Peter Brook’s theatre experiment in Africa; John Osborne: The Many Lives of the Angry Young Man, published last year by Knopf, received England’s award for Best Theatre Book of the Year; and How Good is David Mamet Anyway is a collection of his theatre essays and reviews. His play, A Children’s Crusade, will receive its world premiere in Stockholm this Autumn, directed by Lars Rudolfsson.

Jonathan Kalb is Professor of Theatre at Hunter College and a member of the faculty in the Ph. D. Program in Theatre at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He served for six years as Chair of Hunter’s Theatre Department and is the founding editor of HotReview.org, The Hunter On-Line Theatre Review. In 1991, he won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, the country’s richest and most prestigious prize for a theatre critic, for his first book, Beckett in Performance (Cambridge University Press) and his articles and reviews in The Village Voice. Kalb was a regular theatre critic for The Village Voice from 1987-1997 and the chief theatre critic for New York Press from 1997-2001. He has published dozens of essays, articles, interviews, and other writings in such journals as The New York Times, The Nation, Salmagundi, Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, Theater, Performing Arts Journal, TDR, Theater Heute, The Threepenny Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, New German Critique, TheatreForum, American Theatre, as well as in numerous books.

Alexis Soloski is a theatre critic for the Village Voice. Her writing has also recently appeared in Theater Magazine, The New York Times, and Modern Painters. She teaches literature and writing at Columbia University, where she’s completing a doctorate in theatre.

6:30 p.m., Monday, May 19, 2008, Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!