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2012 Pulitzers for drama, criticism

Quiara Alegría Hudes DRAMA: Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes.          Finalists: Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz and Sons of the Prophet by Stephen Karam. CRITICISM: Wesley Morris (Boston Globe, film). Finalists: Philip Kennicott (Washington Post, cultural criticism) and Tobi Tobias (ArtsJournal.com, dance). Read Hudes’ and Morris’ citations here. NOTE that it is now 34 years since a theater critic has...

Pulitzer Prizes ignore theater again

This year’s Pulitzer Prize for Criticism has gone to Sebastian Smee of the Boston Globe for his art criticism. Finalists (i.e. runners-up) were food critic Jonathan Gold of the LA Weekly and architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff (for the umpteenth time) of the N.Y. Times. The criticism award was initiated in 1970,...

Old Story: Pulitzer Board Rejects Drama Jury’s Choices

For the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, the 17-member Pulitzer board rejected the three finalists selected by its own five-member Drama jury, instead awarding the Pulitzer to “Next to Normal.”This is an old story. The Pulitzer for Drama began in 1917 (although no play that year...

Drama Pulitzer, 5

In the dustup over the Pulitzer Committee’s decision to bypass the recommendations of its Drama Panel and give the drama award to (gasp!) a musical, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s searing look at the impact of bipolar disorder on one American family, “Next To Normal,”...

Drama Pulitzer, 4

Some are wondering if Charles McNulty and other Pulitzer drama panelists should resign in protest. There is precedent. But actually, the jury is reappointed afresh each year — which is not to say that certain critics haven’t reappeared on it often, especially back in the...

Drama Pulitzer, 3

Mr. McNulty seems to have assessed the situation all too accurately. I am an unapologetic admirer of “Next to Normal,” but I certainly have to endorse the so-called coronation factor. I read “Chad Deity” as a recommended entry in the ATCA/Steinberg award process. While I wholeheartedly...

Drama Pulitzer, 2

Actually, the foolish choices for Pulitzer for Drama go back further and are more embarrassing than Leonard suggests. In the 1931-32 season, the Pulitzer went to Of Thee I Sing over O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra. By the sixties several unlikely musicals had won over significant plays (e.g., Fiorello over A Raisin...

Drama Pulitzer, 1

It was brave, decent and honest of McNulty to go public. Trouble is — as McNulty knows — the history of the drama Pulitzer has long had a whiff of the ridiculous about it. Yes, I’m back to Harvey and Glass Menagerie, and that old Woolf, as in Virginia, too....