So, Tboy goes away to New York for one little weekend, just enough time to finally see Caroline, or Change, and you all lose control entirely down here. As if that last bit of management foolishness weren't enough, Tboy finds this in his inbox when he gets back:
The American Century Theater's production of "Machinal" got a knee to the groin last week when one of the actors in the show's very active ensemble just blew off the performance, calling 90 minutes past curtain to say that he was stuck in B-more after an audition (that he had not informed the company that he was attending).
Car broke down, cell wasn't charged, didn't have the theater's number, couldn't locate a phone...bottom line, he just didn't give a damn, or is too dumb to leave home without an escort.
The producer fired him forthwith, and the rest of the cast covered wonderfully (with press on hand)...
But the larger point is: Why don't we have some kind of cooperative information sharing between companies to make sure this clown doesn't pull this stunt again...or more to the point, doesn't get a chance to pull this stunt again? There are times when the threat "You'll never work in this town!" should actually have some teeth.
TACT sure would like advance warning before it casts so-called professional actors who don't learn learn lines, grope fellow cast members, have hygeine issues, are habitually late or otherwise are blights on the landscape. We shouldn't have to depend on gossip and rumor: Who the hell are the bad apples? I know one theater company that will gladly share its DO NOT CAST! list with others.
In law it's called "Duty to warn." In theater it's called "Creating good theater is hard enough without having serial production-wreckers sneaking into the cast."
Tboy sez: Goodness. He hasn't heard anybody that PO'd since, oh, last week on 14th Street...