A Chicago theatre lens on arts in the NY Times, with omissions galore
This Sunday's New York Times Arts section has a note that the new show from the creators of Urinetown, called Yeast Nation (the triumph of life), will open at the New York Fringe Festival. Omitted information: The world premiere of the show took place nearly two years ago at the American Theatre Company in Chicago--a reasonable choice of venue, given that authors Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman were both educated here (at the U of C) and that Kotis was a member of the NeoFuturists, where Urinetown was originally slated to debut. It might have been worthwhile for the Times to note that the musical's reception here in its hometown was decidedly mixed.
I really try not to let East Coast parochialism get me down; but the more Chicago theater fills New York stages, the more infuriating it is to have those Chicago roots ignored. On the other hand, it's not just theater: The same issue of the Times had an article about the weather in Chicago whose kicker headline was, "Out Here."
Yes, it's really a shame to be stuck all the way Out Here in the provinces--you know, where the plays come from, instead of where they just end up.