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Updates on NY Meeting, Nov. 7-9

It’s not a law firm: It’s Mark Linn Baker, Blythe Danner, Tony Danza, Julie Halston, Cady Huffman, Elizabeth Ashley, Tina Howe, Doug Wright (and more) who will join ATCA members for brunch at Sardi’s on Saturday, Nov. 8, a highlight of the New York Weekend. Also joining us...

U.S. retains seat on IATC Executive Committee

Handelman and Abarbanel in front of an old theatre stage in Duan Village, a tiny rural town in Yunnan Province. ATCA excom chair Jonathan Abarbanel reports: The United States was easily re-elected to the Executive Committee of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) at the recently-concluded 27th  IATC World...

NY conference Nov. 7-9 extends Early Bird registration to Oct. 31

Early Bird registration at $165 (members) and $175 (guests), which includes Brunch with the Stars at Sardi’s on Saturday morning, has been extended through Oct. 31, then goes up $20. Brunch alone for member or guest is $65. More here. ...

Beijing World Congress

At the 37th World Congress of the International Association of Theatre Critics, meeting in Beijing, China, Oct. 15-20, ATCA was represented by three chairs: Jonathan Abarbanel (ATCA excom), Jay Handelman  (Foundation ATCA) and Jeffrey Eric Jenkins (ATCA International Committee). For the congress symposium on “A New World: The Profession of Criticism in...

ATCA Member Blogs and Links

David Dow Bentley III is the thepeoplescritic.com, which can also be read at the Houston Chronicle and broadwaystars.com. Nancy Bishop is editor and publisher of Third Coast Review, a Chicago-centric arts and culture website. You can read her reviews there and her pop culture writing here. Lindsay Christians is a full-time arts and food writer for The...

Theater Hall of Fame announces eight for class of 2014

Alvin Epstein The eight 2014 inductees into the Theater Hall of Fame include actor F. Murray Abraham (currently in It’s Only A Play), legendary actor Alvin Epstein (original N.Y. cast of Waiting for Godot), Tony-winning actor Blythe Danner (now in The Country House), director Marshall Mason, former N.Y. Times theater critic Frank Rich, chairman of the Shubert Organization Philip J....

Playwright Jennifer Haley wins $10,000 Primus Prize for 2014

Playwright Jennifer Haley has been awarded the 2014 Francesca Primus Prize for her play The Nether. Haley will receive the $10,000 award check immediately and be officially celebrated at an upcoming ATCA conference. Jointly sponsored by ATCA and the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation, the Primus Prize is given annually...

ATCA excom protests “Spamalot” cancelation

The ATCA executive committee has joined the protest over the cancelation of a scheduled production of Spamalot at the South Williamsport Junior/Senior High School in Williamsport, Pa., because of, according to principal, Jesse Smith, its “homosexual themes.” In a Sept. 19 letter to Superintendent of Schools Dr....

Vote now! Theater Hall of Fame ballots due Sept. 13.

ATCA members received nominations and ballots several weeks ago. Voting is fun, but it’s also a service to the American theater and it provides well-earned pleasure for the winners. If you need a replacement ballot, contact ATCA’s man on the Hall’s executive committee, Chris Rawson ([email protected]). ...

ATCA returns to NYC for 2014 weekend meeting, Nov. 7-9

Save that date! Longtime New York ATCA chairs Sherry Eaker and Ira Bilowit invite all ATCA members to a long-standing tradition, an ATCA Weekend Meeting (aka “mini-meeting”) on Broadway and off. Highlights include an interactive Playwriting Primer for Critics led by playwright Arthur Kopit, a panel of playwrights in the latest...