The writer's reviews were also heard on WCBS Radio, part of a deal with Gannett. On "Theater Talk," he was frequently part of televised roundtable discussions about the theatre, and could usually be counted on for a droll observation or two.
From 1996-2000 he was the president of the New York Drama Critics Circle. In 1999 he suffered a stroke.
Born in Paris and educated at the University of Chicago, with a degree in political science, Mr. le Sourd was a striking presence on the aisle. He had a large jovial face, framed by owlish glasses and crowned with a helmet of silver hair. He dressed with a prep-school properness, usually wearing a suit or blue blazer and an Hermes tie during an era when most critics couldn't be bothered to don a jacket.
Asked by the New York Post, on the occasion of his being laid off, what was the future of theatre criticism, Mr. le Sourd responded: “You can write that he just laughed. Loudly.”
Mr. le Sourd is survived by two godsons, a sister and two nieces. He was living with one of his godsons in Preston at the time of his death.