Peter Marks

New York and Washington, D.C.

Theater critic

Education: Yale University, BA in English

Peter Marks joined The Washington Post as its chief drama critic in 2002. Previously, he worked for more than nine years at the New York Times, where he was a drama critic, theater reporter, metro reporter and national correspondent during the 2000 presidential campaign. He was also a feature writer and reporter at Newsday, where he was a member of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting. He started his career at the New Brunswick (N.J.) Home News and also worked for the Star-Ledger and Bergen Record, other New Jersey papers. He has chaired the Pulitzer Prize drama jury four t
Latest from Peter Marks

Neil Patrick Harris will direct Kennedy Center’s ‘Tick, Tick ... Boom!’

Kennedy Center stages Jonathan Larson musical, “Tick, Tick ... Boom!” directed by Neil Patrick Harris, starting Jan. 26.

August 29, 2023

Signature’s ‘Bridges of Madison County’ sings with old-school pleasure

The story is familiar, but Jason Robert Brown’s vivacious score is rife with passion.

August 22, 2023

Don’t throw a shoe: David Byrne’s ‘Here Lies Love’ gives Imelda sizzle

The pop opera about Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos marks its official opening night in a Broadway theater converted into a lavish disco.

July 20, 2023

In a busy New York summer, it’s a Chekhov play that burns hottest

“Uncle Vanya” in a private loft with Bill Irwin, Marin Ireland and David Cromer is the kind of meaty theater playgoers crave, in a summer of New York offerings.

July 14, 2023

This new show is in a vacant men’s store. That suits Rorschach just fine.

The D.C. company’s “Angel Number Nine'” is the latest example of a how a resourceful itinerant theater troupe finds new nests.

July 12, 2023

Alex Edelman is a comic who works clay as well as the room

“Just for Us” star shares stories of life on and off the stage at a pottery studio in Tribeca.

July 7, 2023

Theater is in freefall, and the pandemic isn’t the only thing to blame

Companies are closing, seasons have been truncated and in New Haven, a revered company is pivoting after giving up its own stage.

July 6, 2023

Beloved D.C. theater visionary has died, but his vision lives on

The team at GALA Hispanic Theatre, led by Rebecca Medrano, carries on after the death of producing artistic director Hugo Medrano.

June 30, 2023

A comic goes undercover with bigots. You’ll want to hear how it went.

“Just for Us” is Alex Edelman’s superb one-man Broadway show about confronting antisemitism.

June 26, 2023

Bill Bradley was an NBA star and a senator. Now he’s a one-man show.

In the new documentary “Rolling Along,” Bill Bradley charts his progress, from college hoops to pro courts to Congress to stage

June 23, 2023