John Simon

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    The Dumbest Thing A Professional Critic Wrote in 2011

    Like all noble arts, reviewing is at its heart a craft, one in which a uniquely personal impulse is worked over and given shape within the boundaries of formal constraints. Those constraints vary by the critic, of course, but the chief responsibility is a clear constant: to justify his or her subjec ... More >>

  • Film

    March 26, 2008

    Skinny Is the New Fat

    Simon Pegg may not have the ideal physique to play hefty, but he's a good fit for Run Fat Boy Run.

  • Culture

    November 5, 2003

    Taut Dog

    Suzan-Lori Parks embraces naturalism and shows off a new, clean writing style

  • Culture

    October 8, 2003

    Pet Theory

    As long as Micah Cohen's onstage, The Dog Problem is fun

  • Culture

    June 6, 2001

    Love and War

    Charles Mee's plays can be funny, but here the humor comes too late

  • Culture

    May 2, 2001

    Floyd Collins

    TheaterWorks plumbs a simple story and comes up with complications

  • Culture

    March 15, 2000
  • Culture

    March 18, 1998
  • Music

    July 2, 1997

    Get It While You Can

    Jerry Ragavoy and the ghost of Janis Joplin

  • News

    February 14, 1996

    Hinkle, Hinkle, Little Star (Part II)

    There are two joys in life - making things and breaking things - and pirate journalist Warren Hinkle has excelled at both

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