Bay Area Theater

Interview: Robert Hurwitt, former theater critic, SF Chronicle

Robert Hurwitt, former drama critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, and before that the San Francisco Examiner and the East Bay Express, is interviewed by Richard Wolinsky.

Robert Hurwitt retired in April 2016 after a long and distinguished career as a critic and theater reviewer. Born as a “red diaper baby” and growing up in New York City’s suburbs, his love of theater began early. After moving to San Francisco and working as a free-lance writer, he was hired by the Express and later the Examiner — and when the Examiner was bought by Hearst, the San Francisco Chronicle, where he spent several years as the single most important critic in the region.

In this interview, he discusses his life and career, his feelings about criticism, and recommends three shows currently running in San Francisco.

A shorter version of this interview aired on KPFA’s Arts-Waves program.


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