Monday, December 01, 2008

Hmmmm...

Did anyone else not understand Michael Riedel's Friday column? I mean, I am the queen of not believing the reasons given in press statements for actors being out, shows being delayed, shows being cancelled, etc. So I am all for his sentence about the theater press buying things too easily -- though for me the problem is less things being accepted too easily and more reporters printing things whether they accept them or not--but that isn't relevant here.

What I am saying is his whole claim in the first few sentences is that it wasn't the economy that torpedoed Guare's play at the Public and so it's stupid that people printed it was. Then later on he says it was the economy. See, here is the issue, yeah, they pissed off Carole Shorenstein Hays, which, well, isn't smart. BUT, in another economic climate, they would have gotten away with it. Just like there are randomly people who want to produce August Wilson plays (a fact I often don't get), there are usually people that love George Wolfe enough to support his stuff. Just not now. So, okay, while they didn't lose Hays because of the economy--I am sure she has lost some of her money recently but nowhere near enough that this would put a dent in her savings--the economy did in fact screw them in the end.

11 comments:

Seth Christenfeld said...

Someone on ATC said that Mos Def had dropped out and that that was the implicit reason for the cancellation.

carajoy said...

Good point, Seth. I heard there was that, yes. But I also heard they couldn't get money at the end of the day post-the fall out. I think they would have recast if they had the dough available. But that is just be my opinion...

Seth Christenfeld said...

Either way, I'm miffed. (Although at least they've added the new Durang to the subscription season to make up for it.)

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