Alvin Klein

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Alvin Klein (c. 1938 in Brownsville, Brooklyn – February 28, 2009) was a theater critic for The New York Times for more than 15 years, publishing nearly 3,500 reviews and other articles.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

He was raised in Flatbush, New York. He obtained his degree from Brooklyn College and later received his master's degree from Columbia University.


Klein began his career as an industrial psychological and management consultant. He later taught courses in English at public schools in New York City. He covered theatre for The Times from the late 1970s until September 2004. Here, he wrote for the New Jersey, Long Island, and Westchester County sections. Prior, he worked for the radio station WNYC in 1966 where he would review and eventually worked his way up to become the opening-night theater critic until the 80s. In the 80s, he was the president of the Drama Desk organization of theater journal. He was also a member of the awards committee of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.


He was the son of immigrants from Poland. He was married to his wife Janet Ginsberg Klein, who died in 2001. Together they had a son named Gideon, a daughter named Alexandria Klein Rafaeli, and three grandchildren.[1]


Klein died at the age of 73 at his home in the East VIllage section of Manhattan, New York. The cause of his death was from a heart attack.


  1. ^ a b "Alvin Klein, Times Theater Reviewer, Dies at 73". The New York Times. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2009.