David Cote (writer)

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David Cote is a member of the New York Drama Critics Circle and the theater editor
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 and chief drama critic
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 for Time Out New York. He has also written freelance articles for The New York Times
The New York Times
The New York Times is an American daily newspaper founded and continuously published in New York City since 1851. The New York Times has won 106 Pulitzer Prizes, the most of any news organization...

, The New York Sun, Opera News
Opera News
Opera News is an American classical music magazine. It has been published since 1936 by the Metropolitan Opera Guild, a non-profit organization located at Lincoln Center which was founded to support the Metropolitan Opera of New York City...

 and Maxim
Maxim (magazine)
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. He appears regularly on the cable channel NY1
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 as a theater critic, and is also an essayist and blogger.

In a 2006 article "Critiquing the Critics," Cote received the highest overall rating of any New York City
New York City
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 theater critic.

He has authored Wicked: The Grimmerie, the lavish companion book to the hit Broadway musical Wicked
Wicked (musical)
Wicked is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West , a parallel novel of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and L. Frank Baum's classic story The Wonderful Wizard...

and Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons about the Broadway musical Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys is a jukebox musical with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. It is a documentary-style musical, based on one of the most successful 1960s rock 'n roll groups, the Four Seasons...


He founded and edited a magazine called OFF: A Journal for Alternative Theater (1996–98) and also edited FringeNYC Propaganda (1997–99) the daily newspaper of the New York International Fringe Festival
New York International Fringe Festival
The New York International Fringe Festival, or FringeNYC, is a Fringe theater festival and one of the largest multi-arts events in North America. It takes place over the course of two weeks every August, spread across several neighborhoods in downtown Manhattan, notably the Lower East Side, the...


He has also appeared as an actor
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 in downtown, avant-garde
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 works by Richard Foreman
Richard Foreman
Richard Foreman is an American playwright and avant-garde theater pioneer. He is the founder of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater.-Life :...

 (Pearls for Pigs, 1997), Richard Maxwell (Cowboys & Indians, 1999) and many others.

He is a graduate of Bard College
Bard College
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 and was raised in Gilmanton, New Hampshire
Gilmanton, New Hampshire
Gilmanton is a town in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 3,777 at the 2010 census. Gilmanton includes the villages of Gilmanton Corner and Gilmanton Ironworks...