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, NPR.com and CNN.com. He currently blogs at New York Theater and tweets as @NewYorkTheater.
NewCritcriticism & analysis
Jonathan Mandell looks at the Broadway season that just ended, dividing it into escapist entertainment and socially engaged theatre, and wondering which is more needed in times like these.
Jonathan Mandell considers his own and other reactions to the Broadway musical Come From Away , which have as much to do with what's happening in the world as on stage.
Jonathan Mandell compares The Penitent by David Mamet with Penitent by Terrance McNally, and argues that neither late-career playwright has anything for which to apologize.
Jonathan Mandell digs into three recent productions in New York City— Made in China , Confucius , and Caught —that explore US-China relations.
Blognews, trends, insights
Jonathan Mandell sets out to figure out just why so many stage accents fall flat for him. What is it about the theater that breeds these mistakes? And what can we learn from the film industry?
Jonathan Mandell writes about the inclusion of off-Broadway theaters in the Regional Theater Tony Award, and why we should end the rhetoric of us vs. New York.