What's up, Rebels? I know things have been slow around here, but I'm chalking that up to summer. Like many of you, I've taken a bit of vacation in the last couple of months, while juggling friends in town and still taking in some of the reduced number of theatrical offerings in July and August (though things have stayed fairly busy at TOC). Haven't had much to say here, but the season's about to hit hard, as Rob Kozlowski noted earlier today. (Speaking of Mr. K, *ahem*.)
Couple of things today worth pointing out. My friends at The New Colony (standard disclosure: I do count several TNC members as friends, and as a rule I don't review their shows) respond on their blog to my Time Out New York counterpart David Cote's recent wishlist for NYC theater. Their rejoinder is a new blog series about goals for Chicago theater, the first of which is: "Make Chicago the home of NEW theater."
This city can be an epicenter of new art if we choose to make it that. The only way for that to happen is for our theater community to collectively end the habit of remounting and reproducing the same shows over and over again (sometimes within the same season!).
Storefront theaters: we make up the majority of that scene. So rather than letting the 10% at the top control the direction of Chicago theater – let’s take that responsibility and herald in a new era of World Premieres and New Works!
Emphasis theirs, but as I said when I retweeted the link earlier, "YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN!"
Secondly, I found some interesting comments in regard to TOC's revamped star rating system on my Spring Awakening review. Suffice to say, this is far from the most emphatic feedback I've gotten about star ratings recently. I'm interested to hear what you guys think. Feel free to leave comments below, or email me if you'd prefer to keep your thoughts private.