The most popular posts of the month: April. And new feature: the comment of the month!

It's end of the month, so here's the recap on what intrigued you the most, and what inspired the most comments over the last 30 days.  

Here they are:

This is the first month that we've seen an entry take both titles, and the comments are still coming in.  Why did this post resonate like it did?  In the commercial theater, one of the greatest challenges that Producers have is balancing the artistic vision with fiscal responsibility.  At the end of the day, there is no "right" answer . . . Producing a show isn't like taking the SAT.   You make a decision and you move on so you're ready to make the next one when it comes up.  Because it will.

And now, on to the newest end-of-the-month feature!  In addition to the most read and most commented blog each month, I'm now going to feature the Comment of the Month from one of you readers!  I love comments, and some of them are so great, I want to make sure that you get a chance to enjoy them like I do.

So . . . in response to my blog about taping Readings, here is April's Comment of the Month courtesy of reader, Kile Ozier:

"A photograph of the Grand Canyon is impressive. Actually traveling to the Grand Canyon and standing on the precipice, fully appreciating the magnitude and grandeur of the realtime, live experience simply does not compare.

Thanks, Kile.  And thanks to everyone else for your very insightful comments.  Keep 'em coming and I'll see you in a month!

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  • Wendy Caster says:

    One more comment on “to edit or not to edit”:
    My gut response is No! Never! But here’s the thing: I almost never order a meal without asking for some change. Hold the olives. Sauce on the side.
    Is this the same thing? Not exactly, but it is show business after all. I think it’s okay to make this sort of decision on a case by case basis. Here are some questions I’d ask myself before deciding:
    –Is this show art or entertainment? (I would be less inclined to alter the first.)
    –Could this money help the show run longer?
    –Is the change large enough to really deprive the other 2/3s of the audience the experience of seeing the real show?
    Mind you, I still think I’d say no. But I don’t think it’s the only legitimate response.

  • Very poetic comment of the month, and I agree with the sentiment; however, in relation to whether or not to tape readings I would have this to add.
    Yes, nothing will ever compare to experiencing the majesty of the Grand Canyon in person, but it costs a lot of money and requires quite a bit of time for most of us to travel to the Grand Canyon. Show me some well-shot video footage or a photo of this wonder of the world and tempt me to cough up the money and the time to visit it one day in person.
    Maybe a little nod to the movie Field of Dreams could ring true right now….Tape the reading and they will (ok, might) come…..

  • very short, easy, and simple. Sensible that it would occupy every moment of a man’s life to peruse attentively, and digest effectually, the numerous productions of the fruitful press, they have discovered a very prudent plan

  • very short, easy, and simple. Sensible that it would occupy every moment of a man’s life to peruse attentively, and digest effectually, the numerous productions of the fruitful press, they have discovered a very prudent plan

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