Why do people get so upset when they see a Standing O?

The always Smart ‘N Snarky John Simon wrote a blog a couple of weeks ago airing his disgust about the ubiquitous standing ovation.  (If you don’t know JS, the quick intro is that he was quite a respected critic for a whole bunch of publications until he was fired from his Bloomberg post in 2010.  The whispers in Shubert Alley were that he was dismissed for being too “mean”.  That’s a subjective opinion, of course.  I always thought his reviews were fun, although I do seem to recall a write-up for Footloose where he he mocked the ensemble for being unattractive.) …

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5 New Things About My Blog

Well, what do you think? If you’re looking at this blog online, you’re looking at a whole new look.  (If you’re reading this via email, then you’re also seeing a new look, but click here  to see the total new PP experience.) Since it’s Spring Cleaning time, we thought we’d give my blog a wet-nap and clean her up a bit.  Truth is, we’ve given her a little master-cleanse as well, to flush out her insides to help your online experience even more. Here are five new features about the design that you may/may not notice: We’ve made the switch from …

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Could these 10 things really save the theater?

Crab legs aren’t the only juicy things served up in Seattle these days.  Brendan Kiley, an e-scribe for Seattle’s The Stranger, wrote one heck of a juicy article recently, entitled, “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves.” The title grabs you, right?  Well wait until you read some of the ideas . . . including moratoriums on Shakespeare, encouraging boozing, and free babysitting. You can read the firestartin’ article here. Do I agree with all of them?  Do you?  Feel free to chime in below with your comment of choice.  But honestly, whether you agree or disagree …

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“These Three Things . . .”

Today is October 13th. And there are three very special things associated with this great day. – On October 13th, 1929, my father was born.  Today he turns 82.  Happy Birthday, Dad.  Thank you for giving me the gift of the theater.  Without you, I’d be a lawyer. – On October 13th, 2007, four years (!) ago now, I started blogging.  And thankfully you started listening, and inspiring me to do more.  And I love doing more. – And today, on October 13, 2011, after a two year gestation process, Godspell starts performances tonight, on its way towards its opening …

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Who’s producing that show? Read these articles and you’d never know.

Allow me to present three articles, from three of our major online trade sites: The announcement of the opening of the Lysistrata Jones box office on Playbill. The Porgy and Bess limited run release on Theatermania. The Chinglish “previews begins” update. You know what each of these articles has in common? They list the actors in each show.  They list the creative teams. And not one of them lists the Producers. There was a time when the names of Producers were synonymous with the shows they produced.  Those days seem to have passed, since our very own trade sites don’t …

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