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Another L.A. theater critic gets the ax

January 12, 2009 |  4:19 pm

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Culture Monster just got word that longtime Los Angeles theater and arts critic Jim Farber was let go today.

Farber, whose wrote for the Daily Breeze for nearly 16 years, said the news came as a surprise to him since he reviewed and wrote nearly all features on classical music, opera and fine art, in addition to coverage of the stage.

“We’ve all got a target printed on our backs,” he said. “We arts writers –- at least in print –- are a dying breed.”

As part of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, Farber's byline would appear on occasion in the Breeze’s sister papers, includingthe Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Pasadena Star-News.

Farber’s dismissal comes on the heels of the layoff of Steven Leigh Morris as theater editor and critic at the LA Weekly. His job was eliminated last Friday.

--Lisa Fung

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