Adding to the general climate of anxiety in the Boston theater community is the loss of a leading daily critic and the city’s sole local TV arts producer.
Terry Byrne was dropped as theater writer for the Boston Herald in December, part of a series of staff cutbacks at the paper. With diminished theater coverage in the tabloid since Byrne’s departure, that leaves Carolyn Clay of the Phoenix weekly and the Boston Globe’s new first-stringer Louise Kennedy as the Hub’s leading legit crix.
About one-third of the Globe arts staff took voluntary buyouts last year. Although almost all of them have since been replaced, rumblings are being heard of a possible additional wave of cutbacks.
CBS-affiliate WBZ-TV also recently lost its arts producer, potentially reducing entertainment coverage and leaving high-profile, longtime TV arts reporter Joyce Kulhawik without a producer.