Thomas McCulloh, 69; Playwright, Reviewer Headed Critics Group

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Thomas “T.H.” McCulloh, 69, a playwright and theater critic who contributed reviews to the Los Angeles Times from 1989 to 2001, died Sunday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank of congestive heart failure.

A native of Minneapolis, McCulloh wrote five plays, including “The Boys of the Peggy August Club,” which was produced in Chicago. It was also presented in workshop at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.

McCulloh worked briefly in the recording industry and then moved into writing theater criticism in 1979.

He first contributed articles to Drama-Logue, later The Times, and most recently Backstage West.


He was active in the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for more than two decades and served as its president. McCulloh was credited with helping to write the organization’s by-laws and with serving as media liaison.

He was a member of the American Theatre Critics Assn.