Critic, playwright, opera librettist, teacher—David Cote is among the most preeminent and multitalented figures in the theater world today. As the theater editor and lead drama critic for Time Out New York for more than a decade, David reviewed everything on New York’s stages—plays, musicals, and experimental pieces on Broadway, as well as off- and off-off Broadway productions. He currently reviews both Broadway and off-Broadway shows for hometown local cable news channel NY1. And his newest opera as a librettist, Three Way, recently premiered at BAM and was lauded by Opera News as “effortlessly funny, clever, and deeply resonant.” Oh, and he wrote two behind-the-scenes Broadway books: Wicked: The Grimmerie and Jersey Boys. He’s also acted and directed, teaches art criticism at Brooklyn College, and is a member of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle.
So, yeah, the man knows theater. But the New Hampshire native and Bard graduate is a dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker, which means he also knows his way around this town’s culture, food, and drink. So what does David love most about New York? The people. “The abundance of art and beauty is obvious, but it’s the collective brain of New York that kind of blows me away,” he says. “Being part of it, without having to do all the fake neighborly stuff.” It doesn’t get much more New York–y than that.