"Am I wrong to be worried about American theater?" you ask. Of course not. But in the 46 years that I've been obsessively following this art form, there has never been a day when I've heard people say otherwise. It's always been "dying." But in the '50s, if I told you two of the following three things would disappear by the turn of the century—Broadway plays and musicals, the drive-in movie theater, and the TV western—you probably would have guessed the first item on the list. But it's the other two, once wildly popular, that have disappeared. People want the experience of sitting in a theater and seeing people enact, right in front of them, the stories they want to hear. Especially as they get older and wiser.
Friday, June 08, 2007
More From Slate
This from Peter Filichia at the ongoing Slate Theatre Discussion: