Critical Crossfire: Charles McNulty vs. Steven Leigh Morris on L.A. Theater

10/06/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Los Angeles Times

Over dinner at the Newsroom Café recently, Times theater critic Charles McNulty and LA Weekly theater critic Steven Leigh Morris (current official title: critic at large) began a dialogue on the state of the city's smaller theater scene -- the 99-seat-or-fewer venues that percolate with a relentlessness that not even Starbucks can rival. McNulty recently weighed in on the leadership challenges confronting the larger nonprofit venues, and this give-and-take on L.A.'s network of smaller theater, which the critics subsequently pursued over e-mail, seemed worthy of a larger forum.

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