Someone much wise and more perceptive than me (I know it’s difficult to imagine such a thing) observed that in all of literature, including drama, there only are nine or a dozen basic storylines. I forget the precise number, but it’s remarkably low.
Steve Sondheim once said to me at a party, “I’m always surprised at what a good living I make out of theater, considering that I’ve never had a really big hit.” This is true; I’ve waited years to start a story with those words.Firmly believing he was being disingenuous, I ran through the list of his
Three days into 2012 so it's time for some New Year's resolutions. Sure, I know the world is coming to an end next December but, after 40 years as a theater critic, better late than never, right?So, what sort of resolutions does a theater critic make?
Some theater folk hold that 90% of the work of a really good director is casting the show. Certainly, there are times when the quality of the talent on stage is such that a gifted director simply gets out of the way and makes him/herself invisible. But not always.
Believe it or not, every theater company in Chicago was not doing a holiday play--but many were. Now some of the productions are like the holidays themselves--filled with promise and anticipation, only to make theatergoers wish it was January already!
“It’s an ill wind that blows no one good,” goes the old proverb. While the breezes were rather chilly concerning the Broadway revival of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, they shifted to southerly and warm for Jessie Mueller, the Chicagoan making her Broadway debut in the show.