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Charles McNulty

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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

  • Old Globe's 'Kiss Me, Kate' steals a smile if not a heart

    Old Globe's 'Kiss Me, Kate' steals a smile if not a heart

    "Kiss Me, Kate," the 1948 backstage musical comedy with the matchless Cole Porter score, seems made for blissed-out summer nights — a classic to be savored with gelato and Prosecco for those wanting to play along with the cockamamie Italian theatrical setting. Darko Tresnjak's revival at the Old...

  • With Sandra Tsing Loh back to lead the way, change is very good

    With Sandra Tsing Loh back to lead the way, change is very good

    Writer-performer Sandra Tsing Loh wants the world to know that she didn't set out to become the spokesperson for menopause. What woman would sign up to be the poster child for "old" and "dry"? she asks in her signature frisky manner, composed of equal parts exasperation and exhilaration. The occasion...

  • 'Larry Kramer in Love & Anger': At 80, the film's subject reveals a complex heart

    'Larry Kramer in Love & Anger': At 80, the film's subject reveals a complex heart

    How does it feel seeing your life pass before your eyes in a documentary? "Very strange," admitted Larry Kramer, his plaintive voice a shadow of the nasal bullhorn that excoriated New York Mayor Ed Koch and President Ronald Reagan in the terrifying early days of the AIDS epidemic. The once fiery,...

  • Chutzpah and humor temper message in the play 'Bad Jews'

    Chutzpah and humor temper message in the play 'Bad Jews'

    Daphna (Molly Ephraim), an opinionated and quarrelsome Vassar senior, has embraced her Judaism to the extent that she plans to move to Israel after graduation, start a rabbinical program led by a female vegan rabbi and even join the Israeli army if she can get around the immigration obstacles. ...

  • Generosity overcomes terrorism in unpretentious 'Come From Away'

    Generosity overcomes terrorism in unpretentious 'Come From Away'

    Terrorists make the covers of newspapers while those who selflessly give comfort and support in times of crisis are usually relegated to the back pages. "Come From Away," the small yet stirring new musical that opened last week at La Jolla Playhouse, tries to correct that injustice in a story that...

  • 'Waterfall' plunges over the edge of banality

    'Waterfall' plunges over the edge of banality

    The lesson of "Waterfall," the ersatz new musical at the Pasadena Playhouse, is that you can't judge a show by the resumes of the artists. Richard Maltby Jr., who wrote the book and lyrics, won a Tony for his direction of "Ain't Misbehavin'" and has received a slew of nominations for his Broadway...

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