The New York Times’ recent action against critic Charles Isherwood caught the attention of the publishing world. News reports claim Isherwood is not letting this conflict be yesterday’s news. The critic is apparently “in arbitration with the paper and may possibly go after the Times for wrongful dismissal.”
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Charles Isherwood’s readers are probably still disappointed with what happened to the theater critic. Page Six reports that there is another reason why the New York Times fired Isherwood.
Apart from his clash with the paper’s Chief Theater Critic Ben Brantley, his cozy relationship with producer Scott Rudin was also cited. The outlet noted that the executives at the New York Times went through Isherwood’s emails and found a series of “bitchy dialogue” between him and the Fences producer.
In Isherwood’s emails to Rubin, the critic kept on complaining about his assignments and his editors. Moreover, he also said negative things about Brantley to Rubin. Other than Rubin, Isherwood also had email exchanges about the similar subject to Robyn Goodman, the producer of shows, In the Heights and Avenue Q.
Charles Isherwood, one of the major theater critics I read when I first became interested in theater, has just left the New York Times…
— Matt Loewen (@MattLoewen59) February 7, 2017
An insider said that Isherwood’s emails demonstrating his “too-cozy relationship” with both Goodman and Rubin led to his dismissal. This is because the New York Times used the electronic conversations as grounds to fire him.
Meanwhile, another insider reasoned that Isherwood establishing a personal relationship with Rubin and Goodman is natural. This is because they are all in the same world: the theater. The insider added that some felt that using Isherwood’s emails as grounds for his dismissal is just an excuse. This is because the latter had a few clashes with the staff in the Times’ office.
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The Observer reports that the Times’ theater reporter Michael Paulson posted a tweet on Feb. 7 announcing a vacancy at the publication because of Isherwood leaving the paper.
— Michael Paulson (@MichaelPaulson) February 7, 2017
Isherwood’s specialty is spotlighting off-Broadway shows like In the Heights and Spring Awakening, to name a few. Moreover, the former NYT critic goes to regional theaters around the country to discover new talents. One of the talents Isherwood discovered was August: Osage County’s Tracy Letts. The outlet notes that the critic introduced Letts to his New York Times readers.
Isherwood joined the Times in 2004 and his last article for the paper appeared on Jan. 30. Apart from being the New York Times theater critic, Isherwood wrote an erotic novel titled Wonder Bread & Ecstasy: The Life and Death of Joey Stefano. Amazon’s short synopsis of the book reads: “The meteoric rise and sudden, dramatic fall of a young gay male porn star.”