It wasn’t the most commented on blog, but it did create some controversy.

As I did yesterday, at the end of every month I take a look at the previous month’s blogs to see what the most read and the most commented on blogs were.  I do this for two reasons:

  • To recap for those of you who might have missed a blog or two.
  • To see what you are enjoying so I can try and give you more of that.

I was surprised to see that my blog asking, “Do We Have To Get Even More Dramatic?” was actually neither, because according to my internal e-radar, that blog seemed to bounce around cyberspace a lot last month.

I had people agreeing with me, disagreeing with me, and I even had someone call it “BS” (constructive feedback, don’t you think?) . . . and the funny thing is, I’m not sure if I even answered my own question. I just asked it.

But one of the best responses the blog received was a semi-contrarian view by Scott Brown of New York Magazine.  Scott’s response was smart, researched, witty, and passionate.  A friend of mine emailed me and asked, “Have you read Scott’s blog?  Are you ok?”

“Ok?” I answered, “I’m great.”

Because Scott’s and all the other response are exactly the point of what I do and frankly, that’s also the point of what theater does.  It doesn’t have all the answers . . .  it just starts the conversation.

Read Scott’s terrific response here.

And thanks to Scott, and all of you, for continuing to be a part of the conversation.


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  • Dan Padowski says:

    I don’t see the BS comment. Do you delete comments you don’t like?

  • Haha, no, Dan. I don’t delete comments. The comment was from the twitterverse. It would be pretty funny if I deleted a comment and then called it out in my blog. Would sort of defeat the point, wouldn’t it? 🙂

  • Russell says:

    This whole conversation is the meanderings of theater-makers who have let themselves think too much and forgot why they have gone into this business. For most I’d say, and I can say at least for me, I have done so because I like to entertain people. With what do I entertain them? Me. And with all the ammo I’ve got. And that includes my mundane, my most tragic/exciting, my most imaginative and the most interesting things/people I’ve encountered. In short, I think a great deal of teeth gnashing over what should be created would spared if more people entertained from their souls.
    I think it’s gift to remember that at some point, even if you’re an assistant to a producer of touring off-broadway production company, you got in front of an audience and discover that you, yourself, enjoyed entertaining people (or at least being a part of the process). And that exchange between audience and those doing the entertaining is as noble, exciting and spiritual than as anything I’ve ever heard of.

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