By Isaac Butler
I pretty much fully agree with and support the two posts 99 has written on this one. I haven't written about it more extensively because... well... even a cursory read of Tom's post on this issue reveals that the whole foundation is shoddy. Yes, the conclusions he comes to are offensive, but even before we get there, we have the spectacle of someone taking some numbers about Broadway and breathlessly rushing to apply those numbers to the entire landscape of the American theater. But that doesn't work. Statistics about Broadway don't scale. Broadway is a totally different beast. Hell, I'd argue statistics about one city don't even scale to another. Washington, D.C. has a large black middle class. Portland Oregon doesn't. Their theater scenes are going to approach the racial diversity question differently because (Amongst other things) they're responding to different market forces.