Ben Brantley, the influential New York Times theater critic, will depart the job subsequent month. “This pandemic pause within the nice, energizing get together that’s the theater appeared to me like a very good second to slide out the door,” Brantley stated in a press release.
Information of Brantley’s departure was introduced on Twitter by the newspaper’s theater reporter, Michael Paulson.
Brantley joined the Times as its second-string theater critic in 1993, taking the chief critic job three years later. His final day on the job will likely be Oct. 15. The paper’s newish co-chief critic title at the moment is shared by Brantley and Jesse Inexperienced, who will stay on board.
In accordance with Paulson, the Times will fill Brantley’s place, although the Broadway pandemic shutdown makes any motion much less urgent. Tradition editor Gilbert Cruz, stated Paulson, “is dedicated to filling Ben’s place. However, on condition that the coronavirus pandemic has indefinitely prevented most in-person efficiency, @nytimesarts is anticipating to take a while selecting his successor.”
The emptiness will present the Times with a possibility to increase the variety of the newspaper’s chief theater critic line-up. Maya Phillips, a lady of shade, is an arts criticism fellow and regularly critiques stage works, however the chief critic job has historically been held by white males.
Along with the workers critics, the Times employs Paulson as theater reporter, Scott Heller as theater editor, and Sara Krulwich as theater photographer. Numerous staffers and freelancers contribute theater options and critiques.