Among other things, I ask this question — if [North Shore] didn’t raise the $2 million it needed to, fine, but what will become of the $500,000 that it did raise? If someone gave money thinking they were helping the theater to survive, and the theater didn’t survive, to what degree is this a false pretenses case? Anyone?
False pretenses? As in, a scam? You wanna back that up with anything, Leonard? Nah. Just assume that when a theater closes it has no debts to settle or bills to pay and should just give back all those tax-deductible donations. On the other hand, maybe North Shore overlooked a great alternative revenue stream: They could run a betting pool on which theater will go next.
Now, I’m not suggesting that Long Wharf is about to go the way of North Shore — far from it, or so it seems. But it does raise a more, or at least equally, salient question: What theater will be the next to go the way of North Shore and that of so many others? Should we take bets?
Sounds like a blast! Anyone? Anyone?
Leonard's closer, taking a knock at my employer, is a bit of a non-sequitur:
Or should we call the situation what it is — a dire emergency — and wonder to what extent organizations like Theatre Communications Group should or could be put into action. A far more dynamic URL might be a great way to start, assuming administrative resistance to the idea can be assuaged.
We'll get right on that.