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February 22, 2008

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David Moore

Fascinating.

I live in Chicago. I work in the Chicago theatre community. And, like many of my peers, I have a love/envy relationship with "the StepFather." I see their work, know some of the people, am both happy for and jealous of their success... pretty typical.

But I have to say, this little blogpost by Clancy feels as if it could have been written in 1987. Here's the giveaway phrase:

"Then you have the Chicago mythos."

That's exactly what it is: a myth. Cultivated how and by whom? Based how much in past truth? I'll leave that for other investigators and theater historians. But even a glancing examination of Steppenwolf's work over the past 5-7 years should clearly demonstrate how broad-based the theater's work has become.

Obviously, there are still those who take inspiration from the ensemble's work, circa 1985-1995. And who can be accused of sticking to that paradigm. But, at least for those of us in Chicago, that is so past tense.

Of course, August: Osage County moved to New York for a reason. Maybe one of those reasons is that it reminds people of the old Steppenwolf... and god, how we hate change.

Lord... I'm defending Steppenwolf? Someone buy me a drink.

John Clancy

David,

Yeah, the thing was written 7 years ago and I don't know a thing about Chicago theater except what the New York critics tell me.

Learned a bit with the Fatboy at Red Orchid experience and what little I learned I liked a lot.

David Moore

John, now my confession: In reading your blogpost, I skipped the title and the first paragraph and went right into the article... completely missing the fact that you'd written it in 2001. Didn't catch that until I read your comment, above.

Mea culpa. In any case, welcome to Chicago! :-) And while I haven't seen "Fatboy" yet at A Red Orchid, I've heard great things about it and have always enjoyed that particular ensemble. I just heard that Guy Van Swearingen is stepping down from his leadership role, after more than a decade, but I have the feeling they're still in good hands.

Alex

I really enjoy reading your blog, it always has great insight. But I am very frustrated with the media’s lack of questions to the presidential candidates about global warming. Now that it is down to just a few candidates I would think that this would be a bigger issue.

Live Earth just picked up this topic and put out an article ( http://www.liveearth.org/news.php ) asking why the presidential candidates are not being solicited for their stance on the issue of the climate change. I just saw an article describing each candidate’s stance on global warming and climate change on earthlab.com http://www.earthlab.com/articles/PresidentialCandidates.aspx . So obviously they care about it. Is it the Medias fault for not asking the right questions or is it the candidates’ fault for not highlighting the right platforms? Does anyone know of other websites or articles that touch on this subject and candidates’ views? This is the biggest problem of the century and for generations to come…you would think the next president of the United States would be more vocal about it.

isaac

hey alex,

this is like the seventh time someone has posted a comment on my blog with the exact same text! if it happens again, i'll delete them and ban whoever the reader is from the site. I have a strict no-comment-spam policy here, regardless of how sympathetic to your cause i might be.

isaac

hey alex,

this is like the seventh time someone has posted a comment on my blog with the exact same text! if it happens again, i'll delete them and ban whoever the reader is from the site. I have a strict no-comment-spam policy here, regardless of how sympathetic to your cause i might be.

David Moore

Don't know if your spammer is going to read your reply, Isaac, but I for one am glad you took the time. I read that Live Earth thing and thought "Huh-wah?!" I didn't remember saying anything re: the environment!

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