Saturday, June 06, 2009

Wellfleet Gets It Again...

By that I mean it gets the Globe's attention again.  Hot on the heels of Ed Siegel's op-ed a few weeks ago comes Louise Kennedy's piece about the lightness of the summer offerings around the region.

Front and center again is Jeff Zinn and his Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theatre:  

Of course, Neil Simon gets kicked around a bit as well.

But, just a question here, is the idea that summer theater is a more light so interesting?

Although it is important to at least confirm that flush economic times allowed for more daring on the part of consumers and artists alike. With more equity in their homes, along with increasing gains on their 401K's, audiences seem willing to spend a summer night watching a plot about the harsh interrogation of man who writes gruesome stories of the deaths of children. With more funds in the coffers, theaters will gladly take risks to increase their edgy rep for embracing the edgy.

But summer theater is traditionally a little fizzier and/or traditional. But comedic doesn't always equate with lightness of theme. In fact, as the Berkshire Theatre Festival's Kate MacGuire points out, the Neil Simon work in question, The Prisoner of Second Avenuee is at least a shade darker than his usual works, and Second Avenue tells the story of man who has lost his job in tough economic times.

The article also reveals that the Berkshire Theatre Festival will be doing Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts. Not too shabby.

I think the Kennedy directly addresses an even more interesting topic near the end of the article, the viability of new work altogether in this economy.

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