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.


NewCritcriticism & analysis

  • Staged Resistance
    On the eve of the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, Jonathan Mandell looks at how the political resistance of theatre artists is playing out on and off stage in New York.
  • Rethinking Immersive Theatre: Inside the Wild Heart of Clarice Lispector
    Jonathan Mandell reflects on what makes immersive theatre, through the lens of Inside the Wild Heart , Group .BR’s immersive show about the late Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector .
  • The Trump Effect
    Jonathan Mandell asks how perceptions of theatre have changed since November 8 and if and how theatre itself will change as a result of the new regime.
  • Death and Disenfranchisement: Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field
    Jonathan Mandell reviews Anna Deavere Smith’s latest solo performance piece, which presents seventeen real-life characters to establish a connection between school failure, the prison system, and police killings.