There was Alex, who seemed to think theaterboy was cruel, posting those cutting comments about Tsunami Theatre's newest directorial talent.
Then there's this correspondent:
"I, for one, found your piece on Mike Chamberlin to be completely on the target and well deserved. He remains one of two people I'll NEVER work with again, and given the crap I've dealt with, that's saying something. And yes, I have actually turned down a gig because he was directing."
Ouch. Of course there's always another side. Here's an actor who's been there, done that -- and wouldn't mind repeating the experience:
"I was part of the Kit Marlowe fiasco. ... It's all water under the bridge now. ... Mike learned a valuable lesson. And this actor learned that when something feels wrong to speak up about it.
I look forward to [*possibly*] working with Mike again, though. He is pretty cool. ... Mike's way of working is very stimulating -- he loves to experiment and try things different ways. ... Perhaps he took that too far with Marlowe -- you shouldn't mess too much with an established script."
Tboy would have to agree with that last. But it's interesting to hear the rest.
"Just wanted to take you up on your offer to run tickets specials like you did for Ian and Cherry Red. Rorschach is offering $10 tickets for any performance of After the Flood this weekend. That’s Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Saturday at 5pm.
The show is at 1459 Columbia Road, NW, near the Columbia Heights Metro. Just tell people to e-mail ticket requests to firstname.lastname@example.org (be sure to put Theaterboy in the subject line), or just say 'Theaterboy sent me' at the box office."
Nope, says Chris Henley. Those cocktail-party rumors you've been hearing about the imminent demise of the Clark Street Playhouse are just echo-chamber effect.
A little backstory: The Washington Shakespeare Company has been hearing about the precariousness of its perch at Clark Street for as long as it's been resident in the old warehouse. For that, credit Arlington County's shifting development priorities for the property. Still, it's been what, 10 years since the company staked its claim in Crystal City?
The most recent word is that the county's planning on developing another section of the property first, which'll give WSC at least a few more seasons at Clark Street--maybe five, or maybe even more, Henley guesses--and that the county board is committed to helping the company find a new home when the end does finally come. In fact, Arlington County is working on some upgrades to the warehouse's physical plant right now. (Gotta bring it up to code, apparently, now that the county officially owns it...)
If you're in Manhattan next week and looking for a diversion, you might wanna stop in at the Neighborhood Playhouse on West 54th Monday night. Local actor Alex George is set to be part of a staged reading of Redemption, billed as "a musical about hope, healing and 9/11." Book and music are by one Alita Buzel; show's at 7 p.m. Details at 212-570-2154.
Cherry Red has added a handful of 8 o'clock shows in the last two weeks of its Malcolm: Beginning Feb. 26, the schedule will be Thursdays and Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 8 and 11. (Note that while they're adding an early performance, they're giving up the Friday late show for Lent.) Closing date is still March 6. Full details at their site.
Washington Shakespeare Company's Jumpers left me a little cold, but audiences have apparently warmed up to it enough for WSC to extend the run; Kathleen Akerley's production is now set to close Feb. 7...
Cherry Red's offering $10 seats to its well-reviewed production of Albee's Malcolm--tonight only, Friday the 23rd, 11 o'clock curtain. You're supposed to need a copy of their offer e-mail, but Ian says they'll give you the ten-spot price if you just tell 'em Theaterboy sent you.
(And no, before any of you get your shorts in a knot, it's not a conflict of interest. You let me know when your company's offering discounts, and I'll make a note of it here.)
Theaterboy loves Michael Bobbitt as much as he can be said to love anyone, which is why he hates that Michael's directing Footloose at Montgomery College. It's not that he won't do a good job with it. It's that, if there's a show that just doesn't need doing... The run, if y'all wanna go show your support, is Feb. 25-29 at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center.