Misha Berson Has Retired

It’s a sad day for the theatre community in Seattle

For years we Seattleites who love theatre have been privileged to have as our leading critic, Misha Berson of The Seattle Times. Misha has a national reputation for the quality of her reviews and the breadth of her coverage. She has published books on the theatre, taught theatre criticism at a number of prestigious universities throughout the country, and organized workshops for new and would-be critics. (I was fortunate enough to attend one of her weekend programs a number of years ago and can testify to their value).

The Times will of course continue to publish theatre reviews. The paper has a stable of writers and freelancers who, for years, have been helping Misha out, covering theatrical events that she simply couldn’t get to. And Misha has agreed to write the occasional review as her schedule permits. But it won’t be the same.

Seattle is considered by many to be the third most important theatre city in the country, only New York and Chicago have more and sometimes better theatre than we do. So how lucky we have been to have had the depth of Misha’s insights, the quality of her language, and her unfailing fairness to the theatres and theatre professionals.

Her regular voice will be missed.

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