Thursday, December 18, 2008

One Quick Hit...

I didn't even know what to say. I saw a person I know today, an older, white lady of some means. We were talking about plays and she mentioned seeing a solo work recently by an African-American artist. "It was great," she said, "Truly marvelous. You should check it out."

"Sounds great," I said.

"I didn't understand a word of it, though. Not a single word. I guess I'm too old."

"Yeah," I said, "Well..."

"He's got to clean that up. People like me are the ones buying theatre tickets. I told the artistic director."

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How do you tell someone that's exactly what's wrong with theatre today? How?

3 comments:

Lindsay Price said...

Wow. That's it in a nutshell. And, when it comes to theatre, I so wish understandable didn't equal good. There's something unbalanced about that.

Parabasis said...

Wait... You're back?

99 said...

Yep. Like the man said, "Every time I think I'm out..."

You know the rest.