Jonathan Mandell

Jonathan Mandell, a proud member of the American Theatre Critics Association has written about the theater for a range of publications, including Playbill, American Theatre Magazine, the New York Times, Newsday, Backstage, and He currently blogs at New York Theater and tweets as @NewYorkTheater.



  • Hastened by Technology, Hindered by Public Attitudes
    Jonathan Mandell reports on the accessibility panel at BroadwayCon, which explained the forthcoming changes aiming toward a future theatre seamlessly accessible for everyone, all the time.
  • Will Future Storytelling Include Live Theatre?
    Jonathan Mandell looks at the Future of Storytelling festival in Staten Island, New York, which featured exhibits, productions, and performances using virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality techniques and technology.
  • The N-Word on Stage
    In light of a recent controversy at a New Jersey high school, Jonathan Mandell talks to theatre artists about their views on using or not using the n-word in shows.
  • Are Theatre Critics Critical? An Update
    Frequent contributor Jonathan Mandell considers the current condition of theatre criticism and theatre critics.


NewCritcriticism & analysis

  • Symphonie Fantastique and the Triumph and Trap of Puppetry
    Jonathan Mandell reflects on the twentieth anniversary production of Basil Twist's Symphonie Fastastique at HERE Arts Center in New York City.
  • Black Pain On Stage
    Jonathan Mandell looks at several current plays that depict violence by or against African Americans, including LeKethia Dalcoe's A Small Oak Tree Runs Red , Gabriel Jason Dean's Terminus , and Althea Harris's Is God Is .
  • Do Words Matter on Stage?
    Jonathan Mandell looks at six theatre pieces in January that used words in unorthodox ways—as gibberish, or out-of-sync with the action; some didn’t use words at all.
  • A Room in India: If All Theatres were Demolished, Would Anybody Care?
    This month Jonathan Mandell looks at A Room in India by French company Théâtre du Soleil, which considers the question ‘If all theatres were demolished tomorrow, would anybody miss them, and for how long?’


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