Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Boston Theater Closing - Tingle's Will Shutter

Well, in case you haven't heard, Jimmy Tingle's Off Broadway will be closing at the end of the month.

The Somerville News has a small article here:

“It’s been a dynamite 5 years,” said Tingle, a stand up comedian and
the theater’s owner, artistic director, producer and principal performer. “But after 5 years, it got to be too much work and responsibility for me. I was losing the time I need to write, to perform, to sleep. I decided at the last minute not to renew the lease.”

For five years, the space beneath Elm Street presented a wide array of entertainment, community and political events including comedy, theater, music, fundraisers, poetry readings, kids shows and
political debates. Tingle estimates his theater brought 75,000 people into Davis Square in five years..

No word on the what the fate of the place will be.

Can the theatre community rally and keep it open?

I was part of a group spearheaded by Brett Conners, of the late Pet Brick Productions, that tried to develop a plan for the theatre way back when it was in a bit of jeopardy. Somebody else swept in and kept it open though. They eventually gave up the lease as well and I think that was when Jimmy Tingle took it over

The rent is very expensive if I remember correctly, but the space looks great.

Actor's Shakespeare has a show coming up there, anybody hear how this will effect that?

1 comment:

Todd Williams said...

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