Opened as the Ritz Theatre in 1921, it operated as a radio and television studio between 1943 and 1965. The theatre then went vacant until 1971, when it reopened with the musical "Soon," which closed after only 3 performances. In the early 1990s, it was renovated and renamed for a long-time theatre critic. Since, it has housed productions of "Grey Gardens,""A Catered Affair," and "A Little Night Music" (which holds the box office record at this theatre).
There are no steps into the theatre from the sidewalk. Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. Wheelchair accessible seating is in the Orchestra only. The Mezzanine is located up a flight of stairs (34 steps) and the Balcony is located up a flight of stairs from the Mezzanine (15 steps). A wheelchair accessible restroom is located on the main level. Additional restrooms are located down a flight of stairs. An assisted listening system is available.