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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

  • Elaine Stritch: All the best lines at this memorial were hers

    Elaine Stritch: All the best lines at this memorial were hers

    Broadway bade farewell to one of its favorites on Monday at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in a tribute titled “Everybody, Rise! A Celebration of Elaine Stritch.” The bill, which included reminiscences and musical numbers from Broadway heavyweights, was “constructed” by George C. Wolfe, who directed...

  • 'The River,' with Hugh Jackman, is a wisp of a fish tale

    'The River,' with Hugh Jackman, is a wisp of a fish tale

    If Hugh Jackman decided to headline a musical tribute to the Yellow Pages, Broadway theatergoers would line up around Times Square. But the Tony-winning song-and-dance man/"X-Men" franchise star's latest project is one that is likely to elude whole swaths of his fan base. Jackman stars in "The...

  • Ambitious new work would help elevate Center Theatre Group

    Ambitious new work would help elevate Center Theatre Group

    Taking stock of Center Theatre Group on the occasion of the Music Center's 50th anniversary is a bit like trying to summarize an up-and-down marriage. So many reasons to leave, so many cherished moments making it impossible to go. After the rudderless revival of Sebastian Barry's "The Steward of...

  • 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' at La Jolla has identity crisis

    'Hunchback of Notre Dame' at La Jolla has identity crisis

    The busy afterlife of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," Victor Hugo's 1831 doorstop novel about a church bell ringer with severe chiropractic difficulties, continues with a musical adaptation that's notable for being the first stage collaboration between two titans of the American theater, composer...

  • Moving power of love in 'Stop Kiss' confronts brutality

    Moving power of love in 'Stop Kiss' confronts brutality

    At the center of Diana Son's drama "Stop Kiss" is a brutal attack on two women locked in an embrace. The scene is reported rather than graphically dramatized, but the violence clarifies so much about the tentative trajectory of this tenderly observed love story. Produced at New York's Public Theater...

  • 'Into the Woods' reunion shows Sondheim can still cast a spell

    'Into the Woods' reunion shows Sondheim can still cast a spell

    "Once upon a time," the open sesame of childhood fantasy, worked its magic on adults Sunday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where an "Into the Woods" reunion was held with the show's creators, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, and several of the original cast members, including Bernadette...

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