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Back in the day—1988—Sarah Kaufman was reviewing shows like MoMing’s Dance & More for $1.98 for the Reader. I was her editor, and happy to have this incisive, opinionated 25-year-old Medill grad. She wrote that one small-town ballet company “incorporated two of the most damnable faults a performance can bear,” one of them being “the attempt to distract from bad dancing with stunning sets,” and gave mixed reviews of Chicago locals, including Jan Bartoszek, Julia Mayer, and Winifred Haun.

Kaufman, now of the Washington Post, just won a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for her criticism.