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New York Times Theatre Critic Ben Brantley to Step Down

Ben Brantley, co-chief theatre critic at The New York Times, will step down, the Times announced on Thursday. His last day on the job will be October 15.

In a statement, Brantley said, “This pandemic pause in the great, energizing party that is the theater seemed to me like a good moment to slip out the door. But when the theater returns, I hope to be there — as a writer, an audience member, and, above all, the stark raving fan I have been since I was a child.”

He has served in the role of co-chief theatre critic for 24 years. He is the longest-serving theatre critic at The New York Times since Brooks Atkinson.

Brantley started at the Times in 1993 and became chief critic three years later. He received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism in his first year as the newspaper’s leading voice on theater.