Daily Rehearsal: 'Music & Stories Live!' at Simone's
1. Oracle Productions has switched up their leadership; Ben Fuchsen is taking over as Executive Producer, and Max Truax will be the new Artistic Director from Outreach Director. They've also promoted Stephanie Polt to Company Manager, Amy Hopkins to Company Production Manager, and Sam Newport to Technical Director. Oracle is currently playing Hamlet directed by Benno Nelson.
3. Two theater dudes weigh in (separately) on the role of social media; "In the past, producers and publicists had to concern themselves with crafting stories for professional journalists and preparing for traditional reviews, but in today's world, before the first review hits, public opinion can be persuaded by millions of tweets, Facebook posts and blogs," wrote Chad M. Bauman, Director of Communications at Arena Stage in D.C. "In some cases, by the time the impartial and professional critic walks through the doors of a theater, the verdict in the court of public opinion has already been rendered." His prediction: "Many more traditional critics will start tweeting immediate critical reactions so that their responses are competitive in the fast paced environment of social media." But Howard Sherman, former Executive Director of the American Theater Wing, says, "But what did I think of this show or that? Is my thumb up or down? Unless I’m enthusiastic and the show lesser known, I’ll remain silent or nibble around its edges only, as contrary as that is to my nature."
5. And Steppenwolf has announced their 2012 Garage Rep line-up; read Jonathan Abarbanel's take on it.
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