Teachout, WSJ drama critic and columnist, dies at age 65

Terry Teachout

Terry Teachout, the longtime drama critic and cultural columnist for The Wall Street Journal, died Thursday at the age of 65.

An editorial says: “His prose was always lively and accessible, and in his judgments he was clear-eyed, uninterested in conventional wisdom and committed to judging every production on its merits. He believed in maintaining standards of artistic quality and performance, regardless of the times. fashion.

“Terry made a special impression by exploring American theater beyond Broadway. He was a tireless advocate for regional theater and reviewed more productions than any other critic. The Journal is a national newspaper, and Terry told readers about actors and producers who is worth celebrating and looking around the country.

“Terry was an artist in his own right, as an opera librettist and playwright. He wrote biographies of HL Mencken, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, and his solo play about Armstrong ran in an off-Broadway theater to good reviews.”

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