May 29, 2010
May 28, 2010
May 26, 2010
Choose an audience you want to be “accessible” to, and make them an offer they can’t refuse if they buy their tickets early. This helps get your houses looking full early in the game.
“But,” you say, “If I sell a bunch of tickets at a deep discount early on, aren’t I leaving money on the table? Wouldn’t some of those people have paid more?”
Possibly, yes. But...you’ve just rewarded the people who are willing to commit early- before reviews, before rumors of sellouts, and most DEFINITELY before closing weekend. This is a pretty self-selecting bunch of deal hunters. So don’t worry about that.
How you’ll make your money is on the next round of patrons. The ones who call once a show starts to get good buzz or get full...And that perpetually sold out closing weekend full of people who waited till the last minute? That becomes your most profitable weekend. The people who complain? They get told that the earlier they buy the cheaper their tickets would be. The next show, some of them won’t wait.
May 18, 2010
- Suzanne Vega's first play: a solo show starring herself as Carson McCullers.
- The King of L.A. Theater, Bart DeLorenzo, directs Lear with rotating crowned heads: Sunnydale's mayor and the prince of the Old Globe.
- DeLorenzo pal and recent Roundabout villain Megan Mullally returns to Gotham for a Loesser tribute. Maybe now Sherie Rene Scott can buy her that drink...
May 14, 2010
Apropos of nothing, a few things that have improved my life:
- Making my own seltzer at home.
- Chopping stuff with the mezzaluna.
- Keepvid, which allows me to download YouTube videos in iPod-ready form (in practical terms, this mean MST3K anywhere I go).
- Browser shortcuts ctrl+k, ctrl+f, ctrl+l.
- Google docs & calendar.
- Netvibes (for StageGrade review collecting, dont'cha know).
- Coffee Bean Direct.
- Manhattan Inn.
The L.A. Opera is having some problems with its current $32 Million Ring cycle--like two of its star singers dissing it on the record in today's LA Times, calling the conception of German director Achim Freyer unsafe and dubious. This is probably not the best defense I've heard, from an L.A. Opera spokesperson:
"The psychological dimension is outsourced to other forms of expression, like the lighting."The singing and acting are apparently handling the "music" and "motion" requirements.
May 13, 2010
May 12, 2010
Remember, [the critic] is paid is keep abreast of your work; you are not paid to keep abreast of his. The playwright who turns to the critic for affirmation is trapped in a deeply dysfunctional relationship, like the tortured lover who demands affection from a sociopath.
Wherever they are is a great departure point. Hold your own city in the palm of your hand. Make art, produce it, promote it. Put your city on the map. THEN move, if your ambitions drive you to do so.And Laurie McCants:
Why a city? Find a small town! Band together with some likeminded artists and citizens and start your own theatre! See Network of Ensemble Theaters for pointers!
May 11, 2010
In my opinion, the best barometer for a community’s health is the well-being and happiness not of those at the top, but the people out on the frontline. It’s the people who love theatre so much they’re willing to take the pay cut and the bare bones employee benefits, just so that they can be an integral part in creating something deeply important to them.He kicks it off with a personable chat with Maria Goyanes of the Public Theatre.
May 10, 2010
I think a far more interesting use of Newsweek's journalistic prowess would have been an article about all of the gay Republican congressmen who've successfully "played straight" while launching horribly discriminatory campaigns and legislation against gay men and women. That's pretty good acting, no?
May 8, 2010
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May 3, 2010
RoseMarie DeWitt; photo by Carol Rosegg
My first piece for the Los Angeles Times in a while is about Beth Henley's play Family Week, directed by Jonathan Demme for MCC Theatre. The buzz hasn't been great, admittedly, but these two were a joy to talk to:
"I just thought, 'what if a terrible thing happens in a family that's already had terrible things to deal with?' " Henley says during a break in rehearsal. "'How annihilated can you be and still crawl on the earth and want to survive?"
Director Jonathan Demme, sitting across the table in the rehearsal room, lets out a guffaw. "Wow, I can't wait to see that!" he says with good-natured sarcasm.
May 2, 2010
Every time I go back to Beckett he seems more subversive, not less; his works make me feel more uncomfortable than they did before. The unsettling idea, most explicit in Godot, that life is habit – that it is all just a series of motions devoid of meaning – never gets any easier.One thing I can say: Clegg has got the theater critic vote sewed up.
It's that willingness to question the things the rest of us take for granted that I admire most about Beckett; the courage to ask questions that are dangerous because, if the traditions and meanings we hold so dear turn out to be false, what do we do then?