Neil Genzlinger

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Neil Genzlinger
Born United States
Occupation Playwright, book reviewer, editor, critic

Neil Genzlinger is an American playwright,[citation needed] editor, book reviewer,[1] and theatre[2] and television critic.[3] He frequently writes for The New York Times.

Family[edit]

Genzlinger is a grandson of the late The Philadelphia Bulletin columnist Don Rose. He has a daughter named Abby who has Rett syndrome. Abby has appeared in Julia Roberts' documentary "Silent Angels."[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Genzlinger began working for The Times as a television critic in 2011. Prior to becoming a television critic, he worked for The Times as an editor. His reviews tend to shift more towards theater and television related to disabilities such as a 2002 play called "Syndrome," "Autism: The Musical," and "Push Girls."[4]

Controversy[edit]

In one review, Genzlinger criticized TV writers for what he perceived as their overuse of the word "really". He claimed that when it's "delivered with a high-pitched sneer to indicate a contempt so complete that it requires no clarification" and "it’s undoing 2,000 years’ worth of human progress." In response, comedian Jerry Seinfeld wrote an angry letter to Genzlinger. Seinfeld remarked, "Really, Neil? Really? You’re upset about too many people saying, 'Really?'? I mean, really...OK, fine, when it’s used in scripted media, it is a little lazy. But comedy writers are lazy. You’re not fixing that. So, here’s the bottom line. If you’re a writer, fine, don’t use it. But in conversation it is fun to say." Seinfeld also later mocked Genzlinger's use of the phrase "wrap my head around it."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tecumseh's Revenge." (Review of Jay Feldman's When the Mississippi Ran Backwards) The New York Times, 3 April 2005.
  2. ^ "Theater Review: Will He Goof? (Whoops!) A Dexterous Clown Walks a Daffy Line." The New York Times, 23 March 2005.
  3. ^ "Television Review: Horror Mixes With Hope in Two Reports on Racial Killings" The New York Times, 20 January 2003.
  4. ^ Genzlinger, Neil. "Neil Genzlinger - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly. "Jerry Seinfeld Defends Use of the Word 'Really' in Angry Letter to New York Times Critic". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 June 2013.