contributing blogger Sterling mentions:
In the early days of this space, there was a spirited discussion (and a fair amount of disgruntlement) regarding exactly how much of the local theatre scene was being covered by The Post’s then recently-hired Peter Marks. One wonders if those statistics have changed at all in the ensuing 2 years or so.
The subject is brought to mind by what seems impossible to believe but appears to be true: a major new Broadway show opened this week without the Post’s first stringer filing a review. Having waxed so eloquently about the current state of the Broadway Musical Comedy, it’s almost inconceivable that the Post would miss yet another opportunity to displace local arts coverage with news from the Great White Way.
This observer has a hunch that Marks covers a larger percentage of local theatre than he’s usually given credit for, but still, there can be no argument that the DC scene is largely covered by the Post’s second string critics/freelancers, while Peter pops up to New York to review theatre there. Even those nice folks at Potomac Stages are wondering about minimal local mentions in recent Arts articles.
And as for missing this week’s huge American Premier of that London hit musical, dare we hope that the Post is finally learning that its readers are not all that interested in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (or other openings in Manhattan), at least not to the exclusion of local theatre coverage?
Nahhh...Mr. Marks was probably just too busy proofing his liner notes for the original cast album of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."