Both Thom Garvey and Bill Marx, each in their own way, wonder about the IRNE's and Elliot Norton Awards. (Boston's two sets of theatre awards.)
One thing that unites both Mr. Garvey and Mr. Marx is Man of LaMancha.
Here is Thom Garvey:
The recent Norton Awards only reminded me of the wayward nature of award committees. Not that the IRNEs are any less error-prone - I mean seriously, Man of La Mancha? (I didn't even see it, btw - I hate that fucking show.)
Here is Marx:
As for the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards, best production nods went to “Man of La Mancha”!!! and “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The Williams is a great but weary-to-the-bone warhorse and who under 60 years of age is excited to see how “To Dream the Impossible Dream” holds up? Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s
Land,” which premiered in 1975 and won IRNE’s Best Play award, looks cutting edge in comparison.
Each poses questions that are interesting:
Garvey asks if there might not be room for an new award?
Marx says it is fair enough for theaters to program geriatric fare or boomer safe offerings in order to survive economically, but should awards be given for that programming?
I'm tired already.