As the new season opens, there will be one fewer critic looking on. Bob Anthony, who wrote through his Web site AllArtsReview4, passed away from respiratory failure on Saturday, August 20, 2011 after a three-week stay at George Washington University Hospital. According to Joel Markowitz, who interviewed Bob’s family last night and has produced a comprehensive tribute for MDTheatreGuide, Bob was a native of Pennsylvania and was born Robert Honeygosky June 7, 1932.
Bob Anthony was easily recognizable to theatregoers – a small man with wispy silver hair, usually seen in the lobby or during intermission bent over the latest book he was reading. He seemed shy and rarely approached anyone, but if you did happen to speak with him, he’d always break into a smile.
Bob spoke proudly of his days as an actor, and MDTheatreGuide reports that he appeared with Fred Rogers on “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood”, and befriended the likes of Jean Stapleton.
Bob’s life turned out to be a very lucky one. On the same year he won a state lottery, he went to Atlantic City and won an additional $300,000. A man who could have easily afforded to take up any pleasure he pleased, he chose to spend the time where his passions lie, reviewing theatre and classical music.
As a reviewer, he formed his opinions quickly, his reviews seemingly written as he rode home, and appearing in short form often the night of the show. His last published review was of Quotidian Theatre’s The Cherry Orchard, in which he joined other critics in praising the work of Jane Squier Bruns, but quarreled with the production elements and authenticity of the accents (a frequent peeve of a man once taught voice and diction at George Washington University.)