Philadelphia Inquirer Theater Critic Howard Shapiro Takes Buyout

On October 2nd, we told you that the Inquirer was making some very odd reassignments, most notably taking its full-time arts writer and theater critic Howard Shapiro and shuttling him off to exile in South Jersey, which most saw as a cutthroat move by newspaper management to make longtime and expensive staffers miserable and want to leave. And earlier this week, word came that eligible staffers of both papers had been offered buyouts. Today, we learned that Shapiro took the bait and after 42 years with the Inquirer has opted for a buyout. But according to a blog post on the American Theatre Critics Association website, he’s not done with theater critique just yet. [ATCA]