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Stock Market Plunge Concerns Theater Groups

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The recent plunge in the stock market’s a big concern for local theater.

Chicago’s fall theater season just got underway. The League of Chicago Theatres says the shows that have opened already are doing well. Deb Clapp is executive director.

CLAPP: With the most recent news of the past couple of days, we’re very concerned they won’t continue to do well.

She expects some companies to offer discounts and do creative marketing. Clapp thinks theater-goers may search out half-price tickets or attend small neighborhood theaters with lower prices.

But she thinks people will still go to shows. She says entertainment’s more necessary than ever in hard times.

All the buzz from the recent Tony Awards to Chicago theaters won’t hurt, either.

I’m Lynette Kalsnes, Chicago Public Radio.

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