John Lahr has been theatre critic for The Village Voice and The Evergreen Review. Since 1992, he's been writing for The New Yorker. His many books on the theatre include Astonish Me, Adventures in Contemporary Theater, Show and Tell, and Automatic Vaudeville: Essays on Star Turns and Coward the Playwright. He's been given the George Jean Nathan award for dramatic criticism twice, as well as the Roger Machell Prize for theater writing and the Yale Writing Prize.

An excerpt from Steve Capra's interview with Mr. Lahr
in Theater Voices

SC: How do we explain why the English theater...?

JL: Costs. It's cheaper.