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Tuesday, 26 July 2005

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northernexposure

Well - it's a sorry situation there for sure but THEY BROUGHT IT ON THEMSELVES.

John Vain

One wonders if most of these misfortunes could have been avoided if Mr. Henley and Ms. Mikeska Gardner had spent more time hunkered down, trying to fix what's ailing WSC than investing time and energy in being ubiquitous stars in productions outside Clark Street.

startmeup

Disingenuous or illogical...you pick the label. The WSC's Artistic Director was quoted (properly, we hope): "'It's very hard producing plays of that scope with limited resources, and that's the trade-off,' he says, 'that sometimes the garbage doesn't get emptied as frequently.'"

Since when does there have to be a trade-off between artistic ideals and basic maintenance? And yes - it is important to have working toilets and garbage cans that aren't spilling their load on the floor before the show even begins.

If the County wasn't responsible for repairs then WSC could have passed the word by email, word of mouth, and Actors' Center that they were ISO a kindly plumber.

The trash issue doesn't take any expertise: Bring bags from home. Bring gloves. Dump trash into bag. Pick up stray pieces. Throw it out. Any mother will tell you no one - NO ONE - is too good to do this.

The much smaller DCAC has very fine bathrooms complementing their very fine artistic ideals. When Cherry Red put on shoestring shows at the Metro Cafe their very fine actors cleaned the place and struck the seating every evening.

WSC has many blessings. But the Artistic Director's remark about trade-offs is an ongoing theme at WSC. I don't believe it's accurate, and it doesn't honor his work and the work of all the performers and crew who've made stage magic there over the years.

non-tradactor

This goes along the same lines of Mr. Anthony's plight--if a blog is going to get quoted in the Post--doesn't it stand to reason that people view it as a credible source?

...it's so interesting where people get their news these days--someone should write a movie about it so that it can be turned into a Broadway musical.

Laughing My Arse Off

Excuse me, but since WHEN has a BYLINE been indicative of QUALITY WRITING and intelligent THEATER CRITICSIM? Nontradactor your are sorely deluded if you think just becausea company quotes a review that translates into a "CREDIBLE SOURCE." SOMETIMES it jsuyt means the company is desperate for a good one-line quote! GET REAL PEOPLE! If Mr. Anthony was some great writer I'm sure he would've been working for any CREDIBLE newspaper or journal by now!

I don't know about YOU but I get my theatre criticism from SUBSTANTIAL papers and magazines in town with REPUTABLE CRITICS who ARE PAID folr their opinions, whether or not I agree with them!!!!!!!

nontradactor

Hey, Arse: I don't recall using the words "quality" or "intelligent" in my posting--and I have to disagree with you: if theatre companies are using his name to get butts in the seats--the company is using him as a "credible source." I'm not saying that it's a GOOD one, mind you, only that they want us to see that someone who sees theatre on a regular basis had something good to say about the show.

Perhaps the connection to Mr. Anthony was too far-fetched for you; however, the point I was trying to make was that society's news sources are changing--only this morning I read the "Blog spot" in the Express on the Metro that quotes bloggers on all different subjects (was Al Gore REALLY the inspiration for "Love Story--I didn't know that). Those "SUBSTANTIAL papers and magazines in town with REPUTABLE CRITICS who ARE PAID folr their opinions" (direct quote from you, as I spell check) are starting to give a voice to those who don't normally have one.

I'm interested in where blogging is going to take the media industry--are you? Or are you just interested in spewing cynicism and cracking on people?

luckyspinster

"When Cherry Red put on shoestring shows at the Metro Cafe their very fine actors cleaned the place and struck the seating every evening."

This weekend at Day-Olds over at Warehouse, a few of us were reminiscing about Metro Cafe, which the staff always kept clean and well-stocked. We actorines cleaned up after ourselves after each show or rehearsal.

In sharp contrast, over at Warehouse this weekend, nearly 40 actors shared one dressing room with a dirty bathroom, in which there were no paper towels, no trash receptacles (unless you count that crumpled paper bag on the floor), and (for a while), not enough toilet paper.

It's not that hard to have clean bathrooms. Over at Church Street they have old bathrooms but they're pleasant and clean and they provide air freshener, even.

Too Old, Too Tired

There are some interesting "threads" on the TBOY BLOG today --- the continuing travails of WSC, the de-listing of Bob Anthony, and the blind tease about Joe Banno.

I take no joy in the demise of any theatre company.But there seems to be a lesson here. You know you're in trouble (1) When the management of a company appears to be more interested in pursuing a free-lance career than reinvesting their time and efforts at "home"; (2) when you restrict comps to press and media because, rightly or wrongly, you feel they are "not our kind, dear"; (3) when you neglect needed building maintenance to the point that it becomes a health and safety issue for patrons, cast and crew. (4) when you impose a concept on an author's work as a stunt in a desperate attempt to attract an audience.

All of these things became issues at Source Theatre Company under Joe Banno's leadership. Now they seem to be issues at WSC under Mr. Henley and Ms. Mikeska-Gardner. Pity. Hopefully WSC will get another chance, or at least, pull the plug cleanly, unlike Source, with its lingering hiatus and inability to make the tough choices.

Ah for the good old days, when you could find Pat Murphy Sheehy sweeping the floors or scrubbing a toilet, something I've never heard anyone say they've seen Joe, Chris or Lee doing.

Still Laughing

"I'm interested in where blogging is going to take the media industry--are you? Or are you just interested in spewing cynicism and cracking on people?"

Nontradactor, the answer to your question is an emphatic NO, I am NOT interesnted in where BLOGGING is going to take our media, since ANYONE with a computer and a keypad can type up some idiotic blathering and try to pass as a theater critic these days!! One of the latest theater blogs to crop recently is nothing more than a re-post of theaters press releases and a few terribly written reviews by OBVIOUS AMATEURS. It's obvious that people out there who can't afford to pay for their own tickets are just trying to get a pair of comps so they can write about it online and make themselves feel, I dunno, accomplished or something!! These online blogs are a joke, and this time the joke's on US if we allow it to continue.

I read Theaterboy for gossip and backstage drama. But I WILL CONTINUE TO get my theatre criticism from SUBSTANTIAL papers and magazines in town with REPUTABLE CRITICS who ARE PAID for their opinions, whether or not I agree with them!!!!!!!

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