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

  • Fountain Theatre celebrates its first 25 years as a vital, intimate L.A. stage

    Fountain Theatre celebrates its first 25 years as a vital, intimate L.A. stage

    The Fountain Theatre, established 25 years ago, began, as many things used to do, with a fateful phone call. Over breakfast one recent morning at a rackety Fairfax district eatery, Stephen Sachs, the Fountain's co-artistic director, looked as though he could still hear the telephone ringing as...

  • 'Frozen' team premieres 'Up Here,' a quirky, pleasing, undercooked musical

    'Frozen' team premieres 'Up Here,' a quirky, pleasing, undercooked musical

    On the outside, Dan, the 31-year-old computer guy with a fleshy middle, knows he comes off as "unassuming and plain." Good at math, he tells us he's 5-foot-10, 200 pounds and that 52 is the number of nights he has slept with a woman, compared with 10,916 nights spent alone. These statistics aren't...

  • Character development counts in bringing plays to life onstage

    Character development counts in bringing plays to life onstage

    Shortly after savoring Rogue Machine Theatre's scrupulously acted production of Samuel D. Hunter's "A Permanent Image" and just before attending the much-praised Antaeus Company revival of William Inge's "Picnic," I felt awash in gratitude for plays that won't ever become classics but provide actors...

  • First GOP debate was more like a reality TV show

    First GOP debate was more like a reality TV show

    The first Republican debate took the form of a reality TV show contest with a novel theatrical twist: Each of the 10 leading candidates competed to become the true protagonist of a GOP primary contest so overcrowded there was an earlier debate featuring seven other contenders with lower poll numbers...

  • 'Citizen: An American Lyric' meditates on the trauma of racism

    'Citizen: An American Lyric' meditates on the trauma of racism

    Claudia Rankine's "Citizen: An American Lyric," a series of prose poems on the manifold ways racism manifests itself in contemporary society and burrows into black consciousness, glides down its own lyrical path with beguiling confidence. The collection, which includes meditations on tennis champion...

  • 'Spamalot' a summer treat at Hollywood Bowl

    'Spamalot' a summer treat at Hollywood Bowl

    It's hard to go wrong with "Spamalot" at the Hollywood Bowl. The Tony-winning show, based on the cult movie comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," leaves no silliness unturned as it affectionately sends up the Broadway musical. Even a production as casually staged as the one by BT McNicholl...

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