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December 07, 2011


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I can imagine many reasons for it, but right now I'm wondering about the role that grants and fundraising play in that. For whatever reason, "well-constructed, intelligent entertainment" doesn't seem to be enough to get the attention of those who are making decisions at the institutional level - especially when we're dealing with people and organizations just starting out or simply operate on a smaller scale. I'm not exactly sure why that is.

Maybe it has something to do with how theatre, at least to the general public, is a frivolous fringe activity. So, I guess there's a certain level of theatre constantly justifying itself not as valuable in its own right for what it does, but for all the other benefits associated with it. And then there's the fact that when it comes to "well-constructed, intelligent entertainment," film is a lot more available, a lot more affordable, AND you get to eat popcorn. So, when it comes to valuing theatre as a unique art form, "well-constructed, intelligent entertainment" may seem inadequate to many people. It's not enough for it to be entertaining, thought-provoking, or just plain interesting. It must also cure cancer, feed the homeless, rescue stray animals, and repair the hole in the ozone layer.

BTW, I took a buddy of mine from the UK to see "Brooklyn Babylon" while she was visiting NYC. We had a really good time, stairs to the seats notwithstanding.

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