Frank Scheck New Second-String Drama Critic at New York Post

News   Frank Scheck New Second-String Drama Critic at New York Post Frank Scheck, theatre critic for The Hollywood Reporter, has taken on the second-string reviewer spot at the New York Post, replacing the departing Donald Lyons, Variety reported.

Scheck will continue to review Broadway shows for the Reporter, while covering the Off-Broadway scene for the Post. His reviews began to appear in the tabloid a couple weeks ago.

Lyons told Variety he is retiring.

Lyons was brought in by the Post in December 1998, the same year the daily hired Michael Riedel as its new theatre columnist, drafting the reporter from rival The Daily News. Intially, Lyons was appointed chief theatre critic, with Clive Barnes shifted to Sunday theatre columnist. However, in December 1999, Lyons suffered a stroke. When he returned to work, he took up Off Broadway duties, and Barnes assumed his former post at first-stringer.

A Fordham University graduate, Lyons, who is in his mid-60s, has taught English literature at Harvard, NYU and Rutgers, according to the Post. Before working for the Post, he wrote lengthy, analytical theatre reviews for the right-leaning literary journal The New Criterion and then the financial daily The Wall Street Journal. In the 1960s, Lyons was part of artist Andy Warhol's circle at the fable Factory in Chelsea. He had roles in two of Warhol's highly eccentric films, "Space" (1965) and, more famously, "Chelsea Girls" (1966).

Barnes, who was born May 13, 1927, remains as the Post's chief critic.

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