who adorned these pages as our drama critic and cultural columnist for almost 20 years, died early Thursday at age 65.
An inventive savant of vast erudition, Terry had written critiques and different items for our books and humanities pages as way back as 1987. He took on the function of weekly theater critic with gusto in March 2003, and he made his critiques a favourite vacation spot for readers because the weekend approached.
His prose was at all times energetic and accessible, and in his judgments he was clear-eyed, bored with typical knowledge, and dedicated to assessing every manufacturing on its deserves. He believed in upholding requirements of creative high quality and execution, whatever the fashions of the instances.
Terry made a specific mark by exploring the American theater past Broadway. He was a tireless champion of regional theater, reviewing extra productions than another critic. The Journal is a nationwide newspaper, and Terry instructed readers about actors and producers price celebrating and seeing across the nation.
Terry was an artist in his personal proper, as an opera librettist and playwright. He wrote biographies of
and his one-actor play about Armstrong ran in an off-Broadway theater to good critiques.
Terry loved the tempo and serendipity of each day journalism. Readers noticed his present for that work most lately in his obituary appreciation for the composer and lyricist
He turned the elegant tribute round inside an hour after studying of Sondheim’s loss of life, as he had many others over time.
In 2014 the Bradley Basis gave Terry considered one of its
prizes, a uncommon winner within the arts. “Terry Teachout has distinguished himself, not simply as a first-rate journalist, however as a supporter of the humanities,” stated Michael W. Grebe, president of the Bradley Basis, on the time. “His work as a biographer and a playwright is vital to advancing and preserving America’s creative and cultural custom.”
In his acceptance remarks, Terry spoke in regards to the significance of resisting the temptation to deal with the humanities, and creative endeavor, as a political train. In these polarized instances particularly, his cheerful, civilized and civilizing voice can be missed.
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Appeared within the January 14, 2022, print version.