Kissell back on board as Daily News critic

Legit journo to cover B'Way, dance opera

It’s back to the future for Gotham’s daily newspaper critics.

Howard Kissell will return to his old gig as chief theater critic at the New York Daily News, replacing Fintan O’Toole, who replaced Kissell three years ago. He will cover Broadway shows as well as continue to review dance and opera.

Move follows Clive Barnes return last fall as chief theater critic at the daily edition of the New York Post. Barnes took over for Donald Lyons, who held the position for a brief stint during which Barnes reviewed theater for the Sunday edition. Lyons continues to review theater for the newspaper.

‘Boom’ time

In other theater news, Playwrights Horizons closes its current season with two new plays, Keith Bunin’s “The Credeaux Canvas” and Kia Corthron’s “Breath, Boom.”

Michael Mayer (“Side Man,” “A View From the Bridge”) directs “Canvas,” about three young dreamers in the East Village. The world premiere is June 5.

“Breath, Boom” follows 14 years in the life of a girl-gang leader. The Corthron play had its world premiere at London’s Royal Court, and opens at Playwrights Horizons’ upstairs Studio Theater on June 10 under the direction of Marion Isaac McClinton (“Jitney,” “King Hedley II”).

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