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Charles McNulty

Columnist

Charles McNulty is the theater critic of the Los Angeles Times. He received his doctorate in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from the Yale School of Drama. McNulty has taught at Yale, the New School, New York University, the City University of New York Graduate Center, UCLA and the California Institute of the Arts. McNulty, who got his theatrical start as a literary intern at the New York Public Theater in the days of Joseph Papp, is a former Village Voice theater critic and editor. He was the chairman of the Pulitzer drama jury in 2010. He received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for the theater year 2009-10 and was awarded the top prize for feature writing from the Society for Features Journalism in 2011.

Recent Articles

  • 'Wolf Hall' a thrilling high-stakes game in Henry VIII's court

    'Wolf Hall' a thrilling high-stakes game in Henry VIII's court

    As Thomas Cromwell, the Machiavellian mastermind behind Henry VIII, Ben Miles surveys the comings and goings at court with a watchful reserve that shifts imperceptibly into murderous stealth. A survivor who happens also to be a ruthless tactician, he moves like a shark whose fin is spotted by a...

  • Updated 'Gigi' still a relic of its era

    Updated 'Gigi' still a relic of its era

    How do you solve a problem like "Gigi"? With its glamorous Parisian backdrops, lilting score by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe and Academy Award pedigree, Vincente Minnelli's 1958 movie musical might seem like the perfect Golden Age bonbon to tempt the tourist masses into a night of expensive...

  • 'Dunsinane' at the Wallis held back trying to land big message

    'Dunsinane' at the Wallis held back trying to land big message

    Of all the possible Shakespearean sequels, "Macbeth II" seems among the least likely. At the end of Shakespeare's tragedy, the tyrant's head is lopped off, his childless wife has presumably killed herself and Malcolm, the worthy heir of slain Duncan, is hailed as king of Scotland. Evil's bloody...

  • 'The White Snake' at Old Globe is a sprightly fable of attraction

    'The White Snake' at Old Globe is a sprightly fable of attraction

    SAN DIEGO — God reputedly made the world in seven days, but that seems lazy by Mary Zimmerman's standards. She needs only a few seconds and some billowing fabric to conjure the four elements of classical mythology onto a bare stage. Zimmerman won a Tony Award for her shape-shifting direction of...

  • 99-seat theater debate: It's time to figure out a collective solution

    99-seat theater debate: It's time to figure out a collective solution

    Facebook and Twitter have been exploding with commentary on changes that are being considered by Actors' Equity concerning the 99-seat Theater Plan. The "Pro-99" contingent, the camp opposed to Equity's proposal -- has had the decided advantage in the forum of public opinion. But something is getting...

  • Out of Carey Perloff's 'Chaos' comes theatrical harmony

    Out of Carey Perloff's 'Chaos' comes theatrical harmony

    Carey Perloff, now in her 23rd season as artistic director of San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, doesn't mince words when talking about the challenges confronting the American theater, a principal subject of her fiery new memoir, "Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater." She's disturbed...

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