Daily Rehearsal: '5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche'
1. The Trib's Best in Theater for the year is out. (We're halfway through the year, so it's apparently time.) He includes Porgy and Bess, The Outgoing Tide, Festen, A Twist of Water, and The Big Meal. Thoughts? Our bloggers called Porgy and Bess "less a production than an event," and Kelly Kleiman admits she "saw many family dinners pass before [her] eyes" while debating the merits of The Big Meal.
3. Eric Ziegenhagen talks about using the phrase "The Critics Love Us!" to promote a play, when in fact, the critics plural definitely do not love you. "The reviews are out there," says Ziegenhagen. "Quote the best parts, fine—but lying to your audience can bite you back. It’s BS-ing." He also wonders about how to reach those many individuals "who are indifferent to reviews."
5. Less theater, more spectacle: Russell Crowe was in Naperville, and people freaked out. Or, the people who saw him are freaking out; other people may have seen him and are less sure what's happening.
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