Michael Feingold, theater critic, dies at 77


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Michael Feingold, theater critic, dies at 77

Mr. Feingold was a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.


Michael Feingold, longtime chief theater critic of the Village Voice, has died. He was 77 years old. News from Mr. Feingold’s the passage was shared by his peerAdam Feldman from Time Out.

Mr. Feingold graduated from Columbia University in 1966 and then from the Yale School of Drama where he served as literary director of the Yale Repertory Theater. Prior to his career in theater criticism, he served as Literary Director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN and Literary Director of the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA.

He began writing for the alternative newspaper The Village Voice in 1971, and became the newspaper’s chief theater critic in 1983, a position he continued to hold until his premature dismissal in 2013. Feingold served two times a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Critics, in 1992 and 2010. He has also received the George Jean Nathan Prize for Drama Criticism twice.

Mr. Feingold was chairman of the Obie Awards from 2006 to 2011, then returned to the position from 2012 to 2014. He was a member of the honors committee for decades. In his later years, Mr. Feingold wrote for New York Stage Review and TheaterMania.

In addition to his work as a critic, Mr. Feingold was a playwright and translator of plays and operas in German and Italian into English for Off-Broadway productions. His translations include those of Kurt Weill Happy ending and The Threepenny Operaby Gerhart Hauptmann The beaver coat, The Venetian Twins, The Barber of Seville, The mistress of the inn, the vampireand Mary Stuart. For his efforts on Happy endingit was nominated twice by Tony when the play moved to Broadway, where it received nominations for its English lyrics and book adaptation.

Mr. Feingold’s translations of the musical collaborations of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill are the standard published English translations, and his translations of The Threepenny Opera have been staged around the world, including on Broadway. In 1972, he was the lyricist-translator of the magazine From Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill.

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