Okay, possibly more hissing (and scratching?) than booing. Tboy had this note today:
If Signature Theater's upcoming production of The Blue Room is the Washington premiere, then what was the 16-show production at the Playbill Cafe that launched Phoenix Theatre DC in Spring 2002? (Scroll to the bottom of the page.) The same show that garnered significant media and public attention? Maybe Signature should do its homework before claiming to be so far ahead of the tide.
Well, now. Actually, from what Tboy hears, Signature did do its homework. OK, maybe they didn't go down the list of Helen Hayes-eligible shows. (Was the Phoenix show eligible?)
But Tboy hears they did check with Samuel French, which licenses Blue Room. And which reportedly reported that no professional production had been mounted in D.C.
Which makes Tboy wonder: If people in D.C. didn't know about the Phoenix production, could there have been people in New York who didn't know about it either? People who might, say, be wondering where their checks are?
Tboy wouldn't want to suggest that any local producer might try to skate under the royalty radar -- heaven forfend. At least not until he's talked to the Samuel French folks himself.
But he does wonder why the Frenchies didn't seem to know about the Phoenix production. Or at least why, if his source is correct, they didn't seem to think they'd licensed a local staging ...