Rapp, Forsman, Werthmann Become Fringe Critics for a Fortnight

News   Rapp, Forsman, Werthmann Become Fringe Critics for a Fortnight A handful of well-established New York actors, directors and playwrights will discover how the other half lives—that is, critics—as playwright Brooke Berman, director Carl Forsman, actor Sean Dugan and others hoist the poison pen in service of the New York Sun.
Playwright Brooke Berman
Playwright Brooke Berman Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The daily has hired 10 artists to serve as its critical corps covering the vast New York International Fringe Festival, which began on Aug. 13 and runs through Aug. 29. Among the temporary judges are: Berman, whose play The Triple Happiness is currently playing at Second Stage Uptown; Forsman, the artistic director of Off-Broadway's Keen Company; Dugan, an actor who appeared in Valhalla and Flesh and Blood; actor Marin Ireland, now in The Triple Happiness; playwright-director Young Jean Lee, who is a member of the 13P theatre company; Adam Rapp, author of Nocturne, Stone Cold Dead Serious and others; downtown theatre stalwart T. Ryder Smith, a veteran of the works of Richard Foreman and David Greenspan; scenic designer Louisa Thompson; actress Colleen Werthmann, of Light Raise the Roof and Suitcase fame; and director Jose Zayas, artistic director of the Immediate Theater Company.

The novel approach to Fringe coverage was the brainchild of Sun theatre critic Jeremy McCarter. The Sun will publish Fringe reviews in four installments: Aug. 18, Aug. 20, Aug. 25, and Aug. 27.