Sunday, March 30, 2008

Stuff Happened.

"Studio 180, the acclaimed company that brought The Laramie Project and The Arab-Israeli Cookbook to Canada, can add another critical and popular success to its resume. The company’s production of David Hare’s STUFF HAPPENS, directed by Joel Greenberg, has just completed its four-week run at the Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs, receiving some of the best reviews of the season and playing to 95% of capacity. The final two weeks of performances were sold out far in advance."

This was an excellent production, great cast, great direction.

In a couple of discussions I've had recently about the "problem" with Toronto theatre, I've heard a couple of theatre people complain about the audiences. Here, for example, from the comments of a blog post last week: "Does Toronto have great theatre audiences, honestly? Or are Toronto's audiences and theatres dragging each other down, in a dance of self-absorbed torpor?"

Come on folks, let's not blame the victim. There's an appetite out there for good theatre, which Studio 180's production of Stuff Happens was. If you build it, they will come.

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