Friday, March 07, 2008

Theatre is good.

Yes, things have looked up this week with Rose (3 stars), Democracy (3 stars) and Stuff Happens (3.5 stars) opening. The outdoor rinks are closed, so why no go see one of them this weekend?

MK blogs that you should get down to Buffalo for the touring production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Now the bad news: you shouldn't head down to Buffalo to see anything at the Studio Area - the 43-year-old regional theatre has cancelled the rest of its season and is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Declining subscriptions, ageing audience... You can bet a lot of the Canadian regionals will be following this sad tale closely.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

RE: The Buffalo Closing.

Theatres, especially large Theatres in North America, have been drifting inexorably towards the "granny" market these past 30 yrs: smart economic strategy in the short-term, stupid in the long.

(Nothing against "grannies", but they do have a tendency of getting too old to keep showing up.)

Good luck, JKN, in helping pull a new crowd into Canadian Theatre, one with blood in its veins.