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Sunday, October 25, 2009

NYT finally Spells Dramaturg Right

They must have been happy at LMDA yesterday upon finding, buried toward the end of a Times promo on Berkeley Rep's "Tiny Kushner" anthology, a change in an odd and dreaded house copyediting policy that has been a dramaturgical pet peeve for many years.

See if you catch it:

Their partnership began more than 25 years ago, when Mr. Taccone was artistic director of the Eureka Theater in San Francisco, now defunct, and Mr. Kushner, a struggling playwright, was recommended to him by a Stanford professor who had once taught him. The Eureka’s dramaturg, Oskar Eustis (now artistic director of the Public Theater in Manhattan), found him in New York, and brought back a script, “A Bright Room Called Day,” Mr. Kushner’s first produced play.
That's right--they dropped the 'e'! No more "dramaturges"!

Congratulations, NYT, on finally becoming more theatre-literate.

Or, rather: theater-literate. Out of appreciation I will make my own compromise.

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