ATCA

The American Theatre Critics Association, Inc. is the only national association of professional theatre critics. Our members work for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and on-line services across the United States. Membership is open to any writer who regularly publishes substantive pieces reviewing or otherwise critically covering theater.

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Member Blogroll
David Dow Bentley III is the thepeoplescritic.com, which can also be read at the Houston Chronicle and broadwaystars.com.

Nancy Bishop reviews Chicago theater for gapersblock.com and for her own blog.

Lindsay Christians is a full-time arts and food writer for The Capitol Times in Madison, Wis., where she has written theater reviews since 2008.

David Cote blogs, reports on theater and reviews Broadway, Off and Off-Off productions for Time Out New York and davidcote.com.

Harry Duke covers theatre throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. His essays and reviews can be found on the For All Events website and in the Sonoma County Gazette.

Sandi Durell is publisher, editor, and a critic at Theater Pizzazz which covers Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater, including openings, red carpets events, and interviews.

Michael Grossberg  writes on theater, comedy and the arts in Theater Talk, for the Columbus Dispatch.

Jay Handelman writes  News, reviews and opinion for the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

Pam Harbaugh’s blog, Brevard Culture, offers reviews, commentary and links in arts and culture primarily for residents of Brevard County and the Orlando area.   

Lou Harry  writes Lou Harry’s A&E: opinion, debate and discussion on arts and entertainment for the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Bill Hirschman is editor, chief critic and reporter for Florida Theater On Stage.

Chris Jones writes reviews, interviews and commentary for Theater Loop at the Chicago Tribune.

Aaron Krause is the editor of Theatrecriticism.com, founded by Alan Smason (Steppin’ Out, WYES-TV), which offers original theatre reviews and republishes current critical print works online.

David Lefkowitz publishes the theater website TotalTheater.com, co-publishes the theater journal Performing Arts Insider, and reviews on his weekly radio show, Dave’s Gone By.

Jack Lyons covers the theatre scene for the Desert Local News. Jack is based in Desert Hot Springs and covers the entire Coachella Valley and the rest of Southern California including select productions in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and San Diego.

Katherine Luck writes news and reviews of theatre in Seattle, Portland, and around the Puget Sound at Pacific NW Theatre.

Jonathan Mandell reviews Broadway, Off-Broadway and independent theater productions, and covers theater for a variety of publications, including Playbill and American Theatre Magazine.  He blogs at New York Theater and Tweets as @NewYorkTheater.

Andrew McGibbon writes Theatre Opinion, News and Information in TheAndyGram, based in NYC.

Kathryn Osenlund reviews Philadelphia theater productions and some New York theater festivals for www.curtainup.com. She also writes for www.Phindie.com —independent coverage of Philadelphia and arts, and tweets as @theatrendorphin.

Rick Pender edits   The Sondheim Review, a quarterly dedicated to the musical theatre’s foremost composer and lyricist.

Christopher Rawson is the senior critic (part-time) for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and also appears regularly on KDKA-TV.

Wendy Rosenfield covers drama, onstage and off, in Drama Queen and the Philadelphia Inquirer

Michelle F. Solomon is a critic, reviewing professional theater and professional touring productions, for Florida Theater On Stage and miamiartzine.com.

Martha Wade Steketee writes reviews, interviews, and commentary on Broadway, Off Broadway, regional theatre, and film for Urban Excavations in New York City.
Steve Treacy is the primary theatre critic for The Port Townsend Leader. Find his reviews of Pacific Northwest shows at ptleader.com.

Lauren Yarger  reviews Broadway and OB for Reflections in the Light and reports on pro theatre and arts in Connecticut Arts Connection.

 

   

  

“Regional Saturday Conference” in Cincinnati, March 9, 2018, with add-ons March 9-11. Full info here.
ATCA’s 2018 annual conference will be held July 10-15, 2018 at American Players Theatre, a classical rep company west of Madison, Wisconsin. More here, and more to come. 

 

For the full text of each Milestone, click on the name; for all these and previous Milestones together, CLICK HERE. They are listed in the order (latest on top) they appeared in the weekly ATCA UPDATE

ALAN SMASON, New Orleans, has launched a new website, seeks to post reviews from legitimate critics country-wide.

JOEL MARKOWITZ received a moving radio tribute Dec. 21.

RICK PENDER, Cincinnati, OH, has signed a contract to assemble The Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia, a comprehensive reference anticipated to be completed in late 2019.

RUSSELL WARNE, Utah Theatre Bloggers Association, held its first fund-raiser Nov. 28, is still seeking support, financial and otherwise.

For full text of these and previous Milestones, CLICK HERE.

Do you have a Milestone to share? Member Milestones are generally for Transitions (new jobs, retirements), Achievements (awards, honors), Publications (books, TV specials) and Memorials (obituaries). Write a paragraph and send it here. Include a Twitter address in the paragraph so we can give it wider notice.


  


See ATCA International for news of the International Association of Theatre Critics from the ATCA members who represent us there. See also the IATC’s own site (just [2017] handsomely redesigned) and its web journal, Critical Stages, where the current issue deals at length with Contemporary African Drama and Theatre. 

Critics in the news

New York Magazine names Sarah Holdren to the slot of theater critic vacated by Jesse Green. She’s been a freelance theater director and Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based theater company Tiltyard.

As others see us: Amanda Peet on being devastated by a NY Times review and going cold turkey on reviews thereafter, click here.

Martha Steketee’s accumulating interviews of critics for The Clyde Fitch Report (click for index).


 

The 2017 Tony Award for Regional Theater went, on ATCA’s recommendation, to the Dallas Theater Center in Texas.
 
Elsewhere (off)site: for the website of the Drama section of the (British) Critics’ Circle, click here.

 

 

 

{For collected Pull Quotes going back to July, 2012, CLICK HERE.} 

I “believe in culture as a social justice and social change project, which requires not just looking at how ‘good’ a performance is, but at what it does in the world.” — Jill S. Dolan, critic for “The Feminist Spectator” (Princeton University, Dean of the College).

“The Internet allows an avalanche of opinion for infinite sources, many of them rubbish, mean-spirited and lazy. But there’s some terrific writing out there too, and best of all there are so many new ways of reviewing.” — Frank Rizzo, 33 years as Hartford Courant critic, now writes for Variety and many more.

“You go wanting to fall in love with a production and that is so rare. I wanted to be smart and reasonable in my writing, to steer people towards the truth, and also had a lot of empathy for artists. I knew pretty soon formal criticism wasn’t for me.” — Eliza Bent, playwright and arts writer, American Theatre, TDF Stages, etc

* Previous Pull Quotes are ASSEMBLED HERE

ATCA members: Send us material for the Members’ Milestones page.

 

Past Conferences

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New York Weekend Conference, November 3, 4 and 5, 2017. Details. 

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San Francisco annual conference, 2017

  

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NYC weekend conference, 2016 (for reports and details, scroll down central column)



2016 annual conference in Philadelphia, April 6-10.

Some coverage: day one, day two, day three-A, day three-B, day four, day five. Full schedule here

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2015 NYC Weekend Conference
Sherry Eaker & Ira Bilowit, chairs

 

2015 New Orleans Conference 
Alan Smason, chair 

 

2014 Weekend Conference
New York City
 

2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Humana Festival, Actors Theater of Louisville, April 2-6
; chair, Jonathan Abarbanel.

2013 ANNUAL CONFERENCE, CATF, Shepherdstown, WV, July 17-21 — Details here; Tim Treanor, Chair

Logo by Tim Menees after Honore Daumier

2013 WEEKEND CONFERENCE
Indianapolis, Indiana
March 21-24, 2013
Lou Harry, Chair 

2012 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Chicago, June 13-17, 2012
Jonathan Abarbanel, Chair
See ATCA BLOG for short takes

Milwaukee Add-On
Anne Siegel, Chair
June 17-20, 2012

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2012 WEEKEND MEETING
Colorado New Play Summit
Denver Center Theatre Company, Feb 10-12, 2012

2011 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Ashland, Oregon July 6-10, 2011
Chris Rawson, Chair 

Logo by Tim Menees after Honore Daumier

2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Conn.
Chris Rawson, Chair 

Playwright and critic

Playwright and two critics

Check out: ATCA Blog — scroll back for accounts of ATCA/Ashland, ATCA/O’Neill, more on the Pulitzer controversy, also from Humana and Denver festivals

 

 

Past event logos

 

 

(above) Sarasota, 2009. 

 

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Fun ‘n Games

Honest-to-Goodness Theater Geek Trivia Contest, Florida Theatre On Stage, Bill Hirschman, ed. (includes links to answers)

Round One.
Round Two

Saturday
Mar172012

Why settle for one chimney when you can visit Ten Chimneys

Registration is now available for the add-on trip to Milwaukee following our annual conference in Chicago. The dates are June 17-20. Anne Siegel is coordinating the trip. You can print out the attached registration form and mail it to the address on the forms with your registration fees, directly to Anne. The registration information also is heading your way via snail mail along with the Chicago registration materials. You can download the PDF registration materials and hotel information here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your fun-filled post-conference in Milwaukee is almost here!

Those who elect to spend a few days in Milwaukee following the Chicago conference can look forward to a number of memorable events. Our Milwaukee dates are Sunday, June 17 (after the Chicago conference concludes) to Wednesday, June 20. Please note that you need to send registrations for the Milwaukee portion of the ATCA conference to Anne Siegel; the Chicago portion can be mailed to Jonathan Abarbanel. We are sorry to make you pay twice for postage – but we need to make this as administratively effective as possible. Thanks for your understanding.

1)   You will need to book a reservation at our Milwaukee host hotel, the Hyatt Regency. It will hold our special rate of $119/night from Sunday, June 17 to Wednesday June 20. Don’t wait; this offer expires May 17 and our special rate may not be offered after that date.   

 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee ($119 /single or double + 15% tax)

333 West Kilbourn Avenue,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203  Tel: 1-414-276-1234    Fax: 1-414-276-6338 

The newly-renovated Hyatt Regency Milwaukee hotel is located in the city’s bustling downtown. Enjoy a relaxing evening in your spacious room, featuring plush Hyatt Grand BedsTM, or unwind with a workout in the 24 hour gym.  There are coffeemakers in the rooms, as well as 42” flat panel TVs. In the morning, you have your choice of free newspapers.

Hotel Parking is $20/day ($23/day for valet parking).  No need for advance reservation.

For  those needing cab service on your day of departure to either Gen. Mitchell Field (Milwaukee) or O’Hare (Chicago), you can sign up online at www.goairportconnection.com. The phone is 1-800-236-5450.  You may want to wait and see if others are leaving about the same time before calling.


2)  Then you may want to book a ticket on the Amtrak Hiawatha line . It will take you from Chicago to the heart of downtown Milwaukee in 90 min.  Jonathan will provide a complimentary public bus pass that will take you directly to the Chicago Amtrak station. One-way tickets are $23 for adults; $!9.95 for those age 62 or older; if you are a member of AAA and book your ticket at least 3 days in advance you can save 10%. There are additional discounts for the military, children and disabled passengers. Departures on Sunday: 1:05, 3:15, 5:08, 8:15 (all p.m.). There are morning departures, too, but then you’ll miss out on all Sunday activities in Chicago.

You can purchase fares at the Amtrak ticket window, too. For more information, go to www.amtrakhiawatha.com. Or phone: 1-800-USA-RAIL. IMPORTANT: When you get on the train, take the route all the way to Milwaukee’s downtown (Intermodal station). Do NOT get off at the Milwaukee airport. Unfortunately, there is NO free shuttle from Amtrak to the hotel. However, it is only a 3-block walk from the train station to the hotel. If the weather is bad, cabs are readily available curbside. After checking in at the hotel, you have a choice of exploring Milwaukee on your own or going to a couple of special events. Sadly, The Lakefront Festival of the Arts at the art museum ends at 5 p.m. However, America’s largest Polish Festival continues that day until 10 p.m. Fill out reservation (see reverse) and send registration AND a check to Anne Siegel

HIGHLIGHTS: On Monday morning, we will board our own chartered bus for a day of sightseeing and checking out Milwaukee’s theaters. We’ll board our bus at 8:45 a.m. to arrive at 9 a.m. at the Broadway Theater Center in the nearby Third Ward. Over a complimentary continental breakfast, we will hear from representatives of several theater companies that use the complex’s two stages. One of the stages, the Cabot Theater, is one of Milwaukee’s most beautiful theaters. We’ll go to another theater and then the Milwaukee Art Museum located on Lake Michigan. At the time of our visit, we can view the museum’s temporary exhibit of Impressionist posters. There is a coffee and snack bar on the museum’s main floor. For something more substantial, there is a restaurant on the lower level overlooking the lake. Lunch is on your own. From the art museum we will stop for a very brief look at the historic Pabst Theater Finally, for those who still have some energy, we will tour the Harley-Davidson Museum. Milwaukee is home to this world-famous brand of motorcycles. The museum, a relatively recent addition to the city, is more than just about two-wheeled thunder; it takes the visitor on a journey through America’s cultural history. We are trying to set up a free reception.

The following morning, on Tuesday, June 19, you’ll have to catch an early breakfast on your own. We will board our chartered bus for Ten Chimneys about 9 a.m. (By now you’ll already have received your welcome letter from Ten Chimneys in the snail mail). Remember to check off your lunch choices on the flip side of this form. We will re-board the bus about 2 p.m. and arrive about 45 minutes later at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Afterwards, we may be treated to a reception/dinner. Wednesday, June 20 is on your own.

Check the ATCA website for more details. Events are subject to change. We can’t wait to welcome you !!!!!!!

Your fun-filled post-conference in Milwaukee is almost here!

Those who elect to spend a few days in Milwaukee following the Chicago conference can look forward to a number of memorable events. Our Milwaukee dates are Sunday, June 17 (after the Chicago conference concludes) to Wednesday, June 20. Please note that you need to send registrations for the Milwaukee portion of the ATCA conference to Anne Siegel; the Chicago portion can be mailed to Jonathan Abarbanel. We are sorry to make you pay twice for postage – but we need to make this as administratively effective as possible. Thanks for your understanding.

1)      You will need to book a reservation at our Milwaukee host hotel, the Hyatt Regency. It will hold our special rate of $119/night from Sunday, June 17 to Wednesday June 20. Don’t wait; this offer expires May 17 and our special rate may not be offered after that date.  See reverse for hotel information.

2} Then you may want to book a ticket on the Amtrak Hiawatha line . It will take you from Chicago to the heart of downtown Milwaukee in 90 min.  Jonathan will provide a complimentary public bus pass that will take you directly to the Chicago Amtrak station. One-way tickets are $23 for adults; $!9.95 for those age 62 or older; if you are a member of AAA and book your ticket at least 3 days in advance you can save 10%. There are additional discounts for the military, children and disabled passengers. Departures on Sunday: 1:05, 3:15, 5:08, 8:15 (all p.m.). There are morning departures, too, but then you’ll miss out on all Sunday activities in Chicago.

You can purchase fares at the Amtrak ticket window, too. For more information, go to www.amtrakhiawatha.com. Or phone: 1-800-USA-RAIL. IMPORTANT: When you get on the train, take the route all the way to Milwaukee’s downtown (Intermodal station). Do NOT get off at the Milwaukee airport. Unfortunately, there is NO free shuttle from Amtrak to the hotel. However, it is only a 3-block walk from the train station to the hotel. If the weather is bad, cabs are readily available curbside. After checking in at the hotel, you have a choice of exploring Milwaukee on your own or going to a couple of special events. Sadly, The Lakefront Festival of the Arts at the art museum ends at 5 p.m. However, America’s largest Polish Festival continues that day until 10 p.m. Fill out reservation (see reverse) and send registration AND a check to Anne Siegel

HIGHLIGHTS: On Monday morning, we will board our own chartered bus for a day of sightseeing and checking out Milwaukee’s theaters. We’ll board our bus at 8:45 a.m. to arrive at 9 a.m. at the Broadway Theater Center in the nearby Third Ward. Over a complimentary continental breakfast, we will hear from representatives of several theater companies that use the complex’s two stages. One of the stages, the Cabot Theater, is one of Milwaukee’s most beautiful theaters. We’ll go to another theater and then the Milwaukee Art Museum located on Lake Michigan. At the time of our visit, we can view the museum’s temporary exhibit of Impressionist posters. There is a coffee and snack bar on the museum’s main floor. For something more substantial, there is a restaurant on the lower level overlooking the lake. Lunch is on your own. From the art museum we will stop for a very brief look at the historic Pabst Theater Finally, for those who still have some energy, we will tour the Harley-Davidson Museum. Milwaukee is home to this world-famous brand of motorcycles. The museum, a relatively recent addition to the city, is more than just about two-wheeled thunder; it takes the visitor on a journey through America’s cultural history. We are trying to set up a free reception.

The following morning, on Tuesday, June 19, you’ll have to catch an early breakfast on your own. We will board our chartered bus for Ten Chimneys about 9 a.m. (By now you’ll already have received your welcome letter from Ten Chimneys in the snail mail). Remember to check off your lunch choices on the flip side of this form. We will re-board the bus about 2 p.m. and arrive about 45 minutes later at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Afterwards, we may be treated to a reception/dinner. Wednesday, June 20 is on your own.

Check the ATCA website for more details. Events are subject to change. We can’t wait to welcome you !!!!!!!