Monday, December 13, 2004

Resident Companies A Thing of the Past?

The Cleveland Plain Dealer talks about how the regional theatres aren't holding up their end of the bargain for actors.

Trinity Rep and the ART held their own on this point for a long time, but now we are seeing the regulars less frequently.

I know that one of my goals in starting a company was to use not only the same actors again and again, but also the same writers. I think this resulted in better writing and good material for actors to work with.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Why we should strive for the truth..

Emerson in his essay Experience... (Damn these Geniuses.)

The child asks, 'Mamma, why don't I like the story as well as when you told it me yesterday?' Alas, child, it is even so with the oldest cherubim of knowledge. But will it answer thy question to say, Because thou wert born to a whole, and this story is a particular?


Yay! A Critic Finally Gets The Price Right...

Iris Fanger, reviewing in the Phoenix, didn't seem to like the Merrimack Rep's production, but...

Arthur Miller’s 1968 drama The Price touches many universals: the relationship between brothers, the inescapable taints of the past, and the difficulties of the ties that bind men and women. But most of all, it’s an evening of American history, an illustration of the effects of the Depression on everyone who lived in those times.

and

He’s also a commentator on the national obsession with money: getting it, keeping it, using it to enhance one’s self-esteem. It’s a theme that connects many of his characters, from the Kellers of All My Sons to the Lomans to Walter, Victor, and Esther Franz.

Good, Good, Good. The Price really takes a beating from critics, I think mostly out of the highbrow insistence that Arthur Miller cannot possibly be an important dramatist if not a genius.