In Memoriam: Shirle Gottlieb

We are sad to report that longtime Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle member Shirle Gottlieb passed away on May 6th. Shirle had been a freelance art and theater writer, reviewer, and critic for over 25 years – ever since she completed her Interdisciplinary Masters Degree at California State University, Long Beach. What began quite by accident while researching her thesis topic, “Creativity/ Creative Process,” became a labor of love.

Obituary reprinted courtesy of the Long Beach Press-Telegram:

Shirle Gottlieb, a longtime theater and arts critic who helped develop the Long Beach arts scene, died Sunday. She was 87.

Gottlieb died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, said her daughter, Amy.

Caryn Desai, artistic director/producer at International City Theatre, called Gottlieb ‘one of the biggest supporters of the arts in our community, an intelligent, caring reviewer, an educator and a positive force for good.’

Joanne Gordon, former chair of the Theatre Arts Department at Cal State Long Beach and artistic director of California Repertory Company, said Gottlieb’s hundreds of reviews were ‘always kind but honest. She adored Long Beach and did all in her power to foster and develop the local arts scene. She enriched all who knew her…’ ”

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