Isaac at Parabasis has the directory of his Pig Farm project, in which a bunch of bloggers got comps to see the play.
The crew of bloggers' responses to Kotis's new play at the Roundabout are linked at Isaac's site, along with his own response and they are all worth reading and comparing.
However, aside from dealing with the power of criticism and the aesthetics of Charles Isherwood, the central issues of much of our theatrical and blogoshperical handwringing seem only to be adressed in a few places:
Ian Hill at Collisionwork touches lightly on it here:
I went to Pig Farm because, well, it was free, and more especially, it was by Greg Kotis, so it was one of the few pieces of theatre I'd bother spending more than $20 for if I could afford it (which I can't)....
Oh, and for those of you who do have the playgoing dollar to spend uptown and on a worthwhile show, I've been given a code to save you some bucks.
Freeman presents it here:
Second is that ticket prices are absolutely restrictive. Unlike movie reviews, which are read for water cooler talk as much as actual dollar guidance, reviews of plays are guiding a far greater allocation of resources. $50 tickets to see a play, even one as entertaining as PIG FARM, is too much for most of the audience for which PIG FARM is written
And then Joshua at the Dojo dives right in:
Added to the fact, however, is that though I was allowed to be comped, (and may I thank the lovely folks for that) I couldn’t help but notice the cost of the tickets to see this play. Tickets run from fifty dollars to over sixty-five, in addition to a $1.25 facility fee.
If the tickets cost twenty dollars, I’d recommend this play without a thought. Maybe even at 25 dollars, I might recommend it. But not at fifty or sixty dollars. And that’s another problem. The folks that will enjoy PIG FARM the most aren’t the ones who are sitting in the audience for an Off Broadway show. That specific audience, one who would help the writer and director find the soul of just not that play but possibly their next play, won’t be in the house watching. That audience cannot afford to come to an Off-Broadway show. That audience won’t spend fifty bucks for a show. They’ll wait till it comes to their university or community playhouse and then they’re go, spend twelve dollars or so and laugh and laugh, enjoying it thoroughly.
Joshua is actually forgetting one option...
You see, that hypothetical audience will most likely just turn on On-Demand and watch Clerks II for about the cost of the service charge for the theatre tickets.