John Timpane is a theater critic, books editor, and fine arts reporter for the Inquirer. His beat includes books, social media, dance, theater, art, museums, and classical music. From 1997 to 2008 he was the Commentary page editor.

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‘Hadestown’ producer Mara Isaacs: What it’s like when your musical cleans up at the Tonys

“As you can imagine,” the weary Isaacs says, “it was a very happy room to be in.”

‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier was ‘the ideal champion for Philadelphia,’ according to his new biographer

“He might win or he might lose, but he wasn’t going to step back for anything. Life could hit him as hard as it wanted, and he kept coming on. That was his style, and that’s how he did everything.”

Anxiety, sushi, the Jersey Turnpike: How Broadway producer Mara Isaacs deals with Tony Awards week

A day in the life of independent producer Mara Isaacs ranges from Princeton to Manhattan, from meetings to phone calls to sushi to parties and more parties. It's Tony Week, and "Hadestown," one of her babies, is up for 14 awards.

‘Hamilton’ in Philly, summer Shakespeare, and so much more theater — in town and at the Shore

"Mud Row" world-premieres at People's Light. John Leguizamo brings his "Latin History for Morons" to town. PlayPenn has free staged readings of new works by rising stars.

Readings by authors in Philly this summer: Jennifer Weiner, Richard Russo, and more

Sportswriter Mark Kram Jr. reads from his Joe Frazier biography. Children's author Mary Pope Osborne comes to town with a Magic Tree House book involving Ben Franklin.

‘Freakonomics’ podcast is taping live in Philly this week

Wharton prof Angela Duckworth, who wrote 'Grit' (no relation to Gritty), will co-host with Stephen J. Dubner.

West Chester’s star-studded poetry meetup has a new twist: Cheap tix for schoolteachers

The West Chester University Poetry Conference is one of the country's biggest and best regarded. Along with reaching out to teachers and students, the organizers have recruited a diverse group of presenters.


Ross Gay regales us with all kinds of joy in ‘The Book of Delights’

We learn from delight; we are nurtured. These are among the many lessons Ross Gay brings us. This little book is a summer companion — it will make it summer no matter the season.

Where to see live theater throughout the Jersey Shore

These Jersey Shore theaters and shows are you best bets for summer entertainment.