In Memory of Richard Gilman (1923-2006)

The Yale School of Drama announced a memorial for the theatre critic Richard Gilman on its website on February the 14th.

In Memory

The Yale School of Drama will hold a special memorial event celebrating the life of Richard Gilman, the distinguished critic, professor, and author, who died on October 28, 2006 at the age of 83. The event will take place on Monday, March 26 at 1 pm, at Symphony Space in New York. All are welcome. (See separate directions page.) 

Richard Gilman was the author of numerous award-winning books of dramatic and literary criticism, including The Making of Modern Drama (1974), Decadence: the Strange Life of an Epithet (1979), The Confusion of Realms (1970), Common and Uncommon Masks (1971) and Chekhov’s Plays: An Opening into Eternity (1996). He also published a 1987 memoir, Faith, Sex, Mystery, about his conversion to Catholicism.

Gilman served as drama critic for Commonweal and Newsweek magazines, and as a professor at the Yale University School of Drama from 1967 until 1998. He profoundly influenced several generations of Yale students, including the playwrights Christopher Durang, Albert Innaurato, and Wendy Wasserstein.

Gilman was also the president of the PEN American Center from 1981 to 1983.

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Gilman is not someone I have read although I knew of him by reputation. Now that I have been assured by my good friend, and guide to all things American, Professor Martha Cooley that Gilman was “ a dear friend and marvelous drama critic and writer–one of the best we’ve got on Chekhov” I’ve added his  Chekhov’s-Plays: An Opening into Eternity to my shopping list.


Click on Symphony Space for directions.


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