Perhaps I will be blogging some after all.
First, let me just ask that readers of this site go read what Joshua James has to say here in a post entitled The Common Touch-- The Problem With Theater Today... it's sort of like the theater blogging equivalent of Pulp's "Common People"... except I doub tthat William Shatner will ever do a spoken-word rendition of such lines as:
I think theatre has been replaced by film, first, then television and now the internet. The ideas and the immediacy theatre once offered is being handed out in other media for far less money, especially on cable, where you pay eighty to ninety bucks a month for six hundred channels and get your money’s worth in terms of risk and ideas and entertainment. Theatre costs more and earns less in return for the viewer, these days. Theatre has a power none of the other media has because it’s live, in front of you, and it can be electric when dealing with the ideas of today. It really can, I’ve seen it, seen others use theatre the way it should be, and I’ve done it myself. But it’s harder and harder to find our audience because they’ve been burned too many times at our table. They’ve given us their money, pulled up and chair and when it was over, they left still hungry.
Anyway... this is probably my favorite post JJ has written since I started reading his blog. Check it out.
UPDATE I would like to make it clear that I don't necessarily agree with what JJ has said, nor do I necessarily agree with everything I link to. I just think JJ has done a good job of crystalizing his opinions and this post will give you a good sense of where he comes from.
UPDATE II: Having just deleted a comment appended to this post, I would just like to restate that people should feel free to post their opinions on something, but I will delete posts that I find to be unnecessarily rude, abusive, dismissive or filled with name calling. The comment deleted did the latter of these. I invite the writer (who did not include an e-mail address and whose name I do not know or I would've contacted him or her privately) to rewrite the comment, sans-name calling.