Listen up, gumshoes!
An e-mail to the Observer has gone unanswered, and a few Internet searches have turned up no explanations.
Is Heilpern on vacation? Fired? Comatose? Deported?
Heilpern is my favorite theatre critic by far. His columns are a joy to read. Even his unfavorable reviews are never mean-spirited; unsuccessful shows are sent on their way with cheerfully bemused encouragement. I never care if I agree or disagree with his opinions; I just enjoy absorbing them.
So what’s the word on the street? If anyone has inside information on our dear critic’s whereabouts, please pass them along.