Since theatre jobs are notoriously tight with little turn-over, it's unusual to have two major positions open up in so short a time, but that's currently the story in New York with both the Village Voice and Variety casting about for theatre editors.
The Voice lost its theatre editor when Ross Wetzsteon died, Feb. 19. The free weekly is seeking a Senior Editor, specifically to guide the theatre section and maintain the Obie Awards. [For more information on Wetzsteon, please see the story, "Village Voice's Ross Wetzsteon Memorial: Apr. 13 at NY's MTC."]
Meanwhile, Variety experienced a departure nearly as sudden. Greg Evans (billed on the masthead as "Legit Editor") left the periodical March 14 to take an editing position at TV Guide. Chris Jones, who's been contributing to Variety for ten years, was tapped as a two-week interim editor. Jones told Playbill On-Line, "I'm just the first in the line of people they're bringing in."
Jones' beat until now has been the midwest and Broadway road companies. He says the biggest challenge in his first week as interim editor is "keeping up with the overwhelming workload. It's been an entertaining week just keeping track of all the openings."
"We're still formulating our plans," Variety editor Jonathan Taylor told Playbill On-Line (Mar. 20). "But we're close to a decision...in the next few weeks." Taylor said that after Jones, Matt Wolf, who covers theatre out of London will come in "for a period." At the same time, senior editor Charles Isherwood (in L.A.), will also come in to do some coverage.
Of Evans, Taylor said, "He's been here three-to-four years and was our theatre critic for a year and a half. Greg did an excellent job juggling a complicated load we throw at our theatre editors. He broke the news on the beat and was the primary theatre reviewer in New York. He edited a section and kept all those plates spinning."
-- By David Lefkowitz