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I have been reviewing theater in Albuquerque for just about fifteen years, first for the Albuquerque Journal and more recently for the ABQ Free Press. Now I am venturing into the virtual world where younger and wiser theater critics are turning as the opportunities for print media dwindle. So, with the trepidation of the electronically elderly, I have started this blog and you have somehow found it.
Let me give you some background. I am a Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico where I have taught Shakespeare and early modern drama for thirty-five years. I still teach occasionally after my retirement. My PhD is from the University of Wisconsin with a major in Renaissance Drama and a minor in Theater. I have served as literary advisor for two professional theater companies, The Clarence Brown Company at the University of Tennessee (where I began my teaching career) and The New Mexico Rep. I also took two years of acting with Paul Ford (Harrison Ford’s New Mexico cousin) and actually acted the smallest roles in three plays at Albuquerque Little Theater. But then I was asked to become the theater critic for the Journal and my acting days were over.
I am the only New Mexico member of the American Theater Critics Association and I was elected to their nine-person Executive Committee for two three-year terms. I am also the Administrator of ATCA and, as such, attend theater all over the country (and beyond).
As I gain confidence, I will write more reviews and post them here. I would love (or think that I would love) to hear your feedback. I assume that there is some way for you to reply to my reviews. I want to express my thanks to my wife Janet for her encouragement and editing, my son Jason for his technical skills and support, and to you for visiting.