Theater Critic

Don Aucoin

Don Aucoin is the Globe’s theater critic. He was included on a list of 12 of the nation’s most influential theater critics by American Theatre magazine. He also writes about television, film, and books. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, Aucoin covered city and state government and several political campaigns for the Globe, wrote for the Globe Magazine, and worked as a TV critic and feature writer. He is a coauthor of “Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy” (Simon & Schuster). His story on Boston’s race relations was included in the book “Best Newspaper Writing 2006-2007.”

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BOOKS

Far-from-random acts of kindness in Stephen McCauley’s ‘My Ex-Life'

By , Globe Staff

Set in a town north of Boston, McCauley's 2018 novel is, among other things, a comment on the power of simple human decency.

TV CRITIC'S CORNER

For Jon Stewart, early days at ‘The Daily Show’ were a trial by fire

By , Globe Staff

It is fascinating to learn from Chris Smith’s oral history of “The Daily Show” how much resistance Stewart encountered from Craig Kilborn-era holdovers on the writing staff when Stewart took over as anchor.

TV CRITIC'S CORNER

Turmoil behind the scenes at talk shows then and now

By , Globe Staff

This was not a good week for Ellen DeGeneres, whose image has taken a serious hit over allegations that her long-running TV talk show is a toxic work environment. It was faintly reminiscent of an issue that flared up early in Jay Leno’s stint as host of “The Tonight Show” on NBC.

TV CRITIC'S CORNER

Christine Baranski: ‘Good Fight,’ great actress

By , Globe Staff

She got a late start on prime-time television, but has gone on to be a cornerstone of two topnotch series.