(1872–1951), critic. Born in San Francisco, he began his reviewing career there in 1894 with the News-Letter. After working on several other local papers and a three-year stint on the New York Evening Journal, he went to Chicago for most of his career—the Herald and Examiner from 1910 to 1932, then on the Herald-American until his death. An outspoken, often acerbic critic, Stevens fought “dullness” not only in plays but in drama criticism and among audiences as well, once writing that “dull people don't like Mrs. Fiske's acting.”
From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.