Memorial Service Nov. 18 for Theatre Writer Randall Short

News   Memorial Service Nov. 18 for Theatre Writer Randall Short The theatre community will bid farewell to theatre and entertainment writer Randall Short Nov. 18 at a 4 PM memorial service in New York's St. Thomas Church on 53rd St.

The theatre community will bid farewell to theatre and entertainment writer Randall Short Nov. 18 at a 4 PM memorial service in New York's St. Thomas Church on 53rd St.

Short, who had a history of diabetes and heart trouble, died Sept. 25, of natural causes at age 41.

Best known as a staff writer for New York Magazine, Short began as a contributing editor to Spy magazine and also contributed pieces to "Elle" and the New York Times Book Review. Short was the one who created those short pieces and feature boxes in the Cue listings section of New York Magazine.

After a brief Episcopal Service by pastor Rick Alton, Betty Buckley will sing and friends and colleagues of Short will speak. Randall is survived by his mother, grandmother and other family members who will greet guests at a reception in the Parish House. (Those who worked with or knew Randall Short are encouraged to bring photos or notes of a favorite "Randall-ism" to put in a scrapbook for the family.)

Short's official "New York Magazine" bio (by then-editor Kurt Anderson) remembered him like this: "Randall, a great lover of theatre, wrote some of the most luminous, entertaining and intelligent profiles of major players that exist in today's canon. He was extremely well-read on any number of subjects, a huge booster of theatre without being a sap. His intellectual curiosity showed to great advantage in his writing. He did interviews with some of the most prominent directors and playwrights, and astounded them with the depth of his research...He was well-loved by all in the theatre and will be missed. He also loved mint juleps, big cigars, sailing and the ocean in all its forms." -- By David Lefkowitz

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