The Berkshire Eagle’s Conversation — An Evening with the Critics: Ben Brantley of the New York Times and Jeffrey Borak of The Berkshire Eagle.
Join theater critics Ben Brantley of New York Times and Jeffrey Borak of The Berkshire Eagle as they discuss theater in the Berkshires and beyond. In a Berkshire Eagle Conversation not to be missed, The Eagle has partnered with Berkshire Theatre Group to bring together two longtime critics for a robust discussion about the state of theater and the role criticism today. They’ll shed light on how critics think and work, how the role of a critic has evolved and how critics handle criticism. They’ll talk about their most (and least) memorable performances and productions from the past 25 years, while sharing their best stories and discussing the most important theater reviews they’ve written. The Conversation will be moderated by Berkshire Eagle Executive Editor Kevin Moran.
Ben Brantley is the co-chief theater critic for The New York Times. He has been a staff critic since 1996, filing reviews regularly from London as well as New York. Subjects of his profiles include the underground Belarus Free Theater in Minsk, and Barbra Streisand in Malibu.Before joining the Times in 1993, Mr. Brantley was a staff writer for the New Yorker and Vanity Fair. He reviewed fashion for Women’s Wear Daily, where he was the Paris bureau chief and European editor, and movies for Elle magazine. Mr. Brantley grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C., and graduated from Swarthmore College. He is the editor of two books of New York Times theater reviews and a recipient of the George Jean Nathan Award for theater criticism.
Jeffrey Borak is The Berkshire Eagle’s entertainment editor and theater critic. On staff at The Eagle since 1986, he has reviewed virtually every play that’s mattered in the Berkshires since then, while also reviewing regional performances from the Capital District of New York to Hartford, Connecticut. Before joining The Eagle, Mr. Borak spent 15 years at The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal where he served as the paper’s first full-time entertainment editor and theater critic. A native of New York, Mr. Borak is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and has a master’s in theater from the University of Washington in Seattle. A member of the American Theater Critics Association, he also has acted and directed — and won awards for both.