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Is the grass always greener?

I was jealous. When the revival of American Buffalo announced that Haley Joel Osment was joining Leguizamo AND Cedric The Entertainer, for a moment I thought I was involved with the wrong Mamet.  Many people think it’s a better play than Speed, it had three Hollywood names appealing to three different demographics, etc. I took a second, reminded myself of why I got involved with Speed and the moment eventually passed.  But I do admit, I had some John Patrick Shanley-sized doubt for a half-a-day. Flash forward to today.  After a set of disappointing reviews and in the midst of …

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Don’t run from the roaches.

I was on a subway platform the other day. And so was a roach. And so were a group of Australian tourists who, when they saw the roach, ran to the other side of the platform, shrieking like their shrimps were burning on the barbee along the way. I couldn’t help but wonder what that roach would have done if the Down-Underians had run right AT him, instead of running the other direction.  I’d bet that the little “bugger” would have scurried off into the subway tracks, scared antenna-less. Most people are scared of roaches.  They are dirty and ugly …

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Where to do your holiday shopping.

I was a bit of a doomsdayer yesterday, I know. So today, I’m gonna be Mr. Constructive-Guy and follow-up with a simple something you can do to help the biz get through this economic muck.  At the same time, this something will actually make your life a lot easier as well. Here it is.  You ready? Give theater tickets for your holiday gifts. We’ve got enough eyeballs on this blog that if each of you went out and bought a pair of theater tickets for one person on your holiday list, we’d more than fill a Broadway house.  And if …

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(Not So) Favorite Quotes: Volume XIII

From the New York Times, this past Wednesday: Best Buy, the electronics retailer, cut its fiscal 2009 earnings outlook on Wednesday and said it was being hammered by the worst retail environment in its 42-year history. “Rapid, seismic changes in consumer behavior have created the most difficult climate we’ve ever seen,” the chief executive, Bradbury H. Anderson, said in a statement. It may seem like running a big business and running a Broadway show are as different as HD and Blue-ray, but they are not. As a Producer, it’s your job to not only look at today’s numbers, but also …

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