Fixing Theater Pt. I

Wimmin$fox-theater-1929 Does theater need to be ‘fixed’? The comedy theaters are thriving but over the past year we’ve noticed a lot of blog posts and articles about the various issues facing the ‘legitimate theater.’ So we thought we’d share a few over the next couple of weeks.

Here’s one that Jen came across a while back called ‘Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves,’ by Brendan Kiley.

Kiley’s heart seems to be in the right place, but the first two are, well…

1. Enough with the goddamned Shakespeare already. The greatest playwright in history has become your enabler and your crutch…

It’s a weird notion that theater companies who make their living off of Shakespeare should give him up before figuring out what else to do. I

2. Every play in your season should be a premiere—a world premiere, an American premiere, or at least a regional premiere.

As a playwright I’d love to see more original work done in theaters, but there are institutional reasons why things are the way they are. Outrageous Fortune is a good summary of the state of new works in ‘legitimate’ theater. I recommend it.



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