Charles McNulty

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.
Review: 'Midsummer Night's Dream' with a lesbian twist at New Swan Shakespeare in Irvine

The gender bending in the New Swan Shakespeare Festival production of 'Midsummer Night's Dream' is pulled off with aplomb, and if the comic approach goes a little too far, at least the shenanigans unfold in a charmingly makeshift Elizabethan theater outdoors on the UC Irvine campus.

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For Pulitzer winner Martyna Majok, 'Queens' is the latest play shining a light into society's shadows

The playwright of “Cost of Living” and "Ironbound" invites us into worlds that theatergoers have been trained to look past: domestic workers with foreign accents, factory laborers who struggle silently. Why the work needs to be seen, and how one critic thinks it could grow to be even more vital.