Thomas Garvey is a former freelancer for the Boston Globe, sharp writer on the WBUR Arts Blog and an occasional commenter here on this blog.
He has decided to take the blog plunge, (welcome Thomas,) and he opens with a salvo on Mauritius and the Huntington Theatre's New Play Developement Program.
Here is a taste:
Don’t get me wrong; Mauritius is one gleaming machine, with a cast that understands just when and how to press its levers; but any spark of individuality long ago disappeared into its gears. What it represents is not the artist’s voice, but the collective voice – that is, the hip collective voice. In a word, it’s premium cable – on stage.
Some might argue “What’s wrong with that?” - and the first answer is, premium cable is a lot cheaper than Huntington tickets. The second answer: it’s redundant. Ms. Rebeck has found her natural perch in the law & order of things, as it were, and she seems to have little to say that can’t be said within its confines. Simply wanting the prestige of a playwriting career doesn’t mean you should be granted one, however clever you are, and however much your glamour may rub off on the organization that produces you.
I have added The Hub Review to the blogroll.
Maybe soon I will be able to do a Boston Theatre breakout on the blogroll.