Friday, March 6, 2015

Toby Zinman

Toby Zinman's night job since 2006 is theater critic for the Inquirer where she reviews New York and London as well as Philadelphia. Her day job: Prize-winning prof at UArts, author of five books about modern and contemporary drama, and doer of scholarly deeds (winner of five NEH grants, Fulbright lecturer at Tel Aviv University, visiting professor in China). She was recently named by American Theatre magazine "one of the twelve most influential critics in America."

'It's 11 o'clock." "At night?? Did we have dinner?" Energy drinks and whiskey, plus the occasional $17-a-pack cigarette, are what these people live on. No sleep, no kindness, no food, nothing but blind ambition. Which is, as Marc Antony told us, a grievous fault, and, dude, these people pay grievously.
Startling moment No. 1: Dan Hodge, director of Tom Stoppard's clever one-act The Real Inspector Hound in Curio Theatre's new little venue, finishes his opening-night welcoming speech and then lies down on the floor.