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The facts and opinions expressed in The New York Theatre Wire are those of their authors, who are credited in each article. We regret mistakes and inaccuracies which (darn it) inevitably occur, but we are doing everything we can to keep everybody honest.

The New York Theatre Wire is owned by Metro New Media, Inc. Read our history.


Staff of the New York Theatre Wire

Jonathan Slaff

Glenn Loney

Jack Anderson

Brandon Judell

Beate Hein Bennett
Dorothy Chansky
Glenda Frank
Brandon Judell
Lucy Komisar
Larry Litt
Edward Rubin
Paulanne Simmons
Jerry Tallmer (in memoriam)
Philippa Wehle

Mary Hawkins

Our History

August 15, 1996: NY Theatre Wire goes on-line thanks to a gift of $300 from each of four New York theaters, La MaMa E.T.C., Jean Cocteau Repertory, Ubu Repertory Theater and Theater for the New City, as a project to demonstrate the use of the Internet for theatrical journalism and reviews.

October, 1996: NY Theater Wire is the first on-line news service to offer first-night theatre reviews. The service is cited as a "truly outstanding source of content" and receives NBNSOFT Content Award from NBN News Corp. of Holliston, MA.

November, 1996: Endorsed by Netscape's "What's New," NY Theater Wire's on-line readership surpasses 1,000 per day.

December, 1996: NY Theater Wire creates first comprehensive theater listings by ticket price.

January, 1997: Theater Week magazine closes unexpectedly; NY Theater Wire publishes all of Theater Week's unpublished reviews and absorbs many members of its review staff.

March, 1997: NY Theatre Wire critics review a record 21 shows in one week.

April, 1997: Theatre Wire spins off a "sister" site, Curator's Choice, covering NY museums. Broadway, Comedy, Cabaret and Asian Theater columnists join the staff.

June, 1997: Cinema coverage begins with Jerry Tallmer's critique of Martin Scorcese's release of Jean-Luc Godard's "Contempt."

July, 1997: Domain names and ownership of NY Theatre Wire and Curator's Choice are transferred to Metro New Media, Inc., a New York corporation.

August, 1997: NY Theatre Wire begins coverage of major European theater and opera festivals. The following year sees news and review coverage from Edinburgh, Lisbon, Bayreuth, Bregenz, Munich and Salzburg, among others.

August, 1998: Graphic design goes full-color. Banner spaces are created and national advertising is accepted.

November, 1998: International section is launched.

May, 1998: NY Theatre Wire critics issue results of their first "Top 10 Shows of the Season" poll.

March, 1999: NY Theatre Wire Email (similar to Hotmail or Yahoo Mail) is added.

March, 1999: NYTW Rush Club is formed, an "opt-in email" system with free ticket offers, invitations to special previews and openings, meetings with artists (actors, directors, etc.) and more.

March, 2006: Dance section is launched.

May, 2006: NYTW creates an opt-in "Dance Club," counterpart to its "Rush Club" for theater, which was started in the '90s. Members are eligible for special ticket offers, invitations to special previews and openings, meetings with artists, choreographers, etc.

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We thank John Chatterton for his generous assistance in the first web design of this site in 1996, when the web was brand new,
shortly before (if memory serves correctly) his own publication, oobr, went online

Archival reviews of this website are in a recent and not-so-recent index page that are not meant to be read, only available to be indexed so that they remain searchable for the valuable content they provide. There is also a dance archive.