Jonathan Mandell has written about the theater as a critic and journalist 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.
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.
Could A Play Stop A Demagogue? Theatre and Electoral Politics
7 April 2016
Have jokey depictions of elections on stage and screen helped cause a joke of a real-life presidential campaign? Jonathan Mandell visits two experimental theatre projects that are tackling this year’s presidential election in serious and intriguing ways.
Lessons of The Fall Season from A Class Of New York Newcomers
22 December 2015
Jonathan Mandell reflects on the Fall season of New York theatre through the lens of Erin Mee’s “Drama and Performance” class at NYU, in which students see and discuss sixteen shows throughout the semester.