commented on Bloomberg Lays Off Its Theater Critic, Focuses on "Luxury"
"emphasis on luxury". nauseating.
But some of us here are gad you're still around Kiley. Keep doing theatre, please.
(But if the Stranger did dump theatre for "luxury," what would be the luxury convereage, Stranger-style? I both shudder and giggle at the thought.)
commented on Middletown Is Magic
Strongly disagree with this review and the "Suggests" item about this being one of the best things to happen to seattle theatre.
I went to the show with high hopes. Alas, I found the play self-important, flailing, mediocre, and painfully inconsistent. Some genuinely funny one-liners, a few good scenes. Also many pointless scenes that were poorly-paced. The device of giving the Our Town Stage Manager duties to all the characters was interesting, but then it was completely, inexplicably dropped 2/3 through the show.
Why is the hospital insistent (not just permissive, but demanding) that the town drunk and pill-popper with clear mental issues entertain the sick children??
The pseudo-spirituality of the appropriated cliche-entrenched-native-culture crossed over from bullshit all the way to insulting.
And maybe I'm relying too much on marketing here, but the idea that this is based on Our Town is beyond aggravating. Has this Eno ever read or seen Our Town? The point of Our Town is that life is fleeting and magical and wondrous and heartbreaking BUT never appreciated or examined, and all the beautiful minute moments fly past us and we only realize all what we took for granted when it's too late. In this play, everyone is always spouting off (sometimes with legit poetry and humor but often with indulgence and pretense) about how magical and wondrous and heartbreaking life is. It's the exact opposite of Our Town and clearly illustrates how more realistic and profound Wilder's play was/is.
Plus half the characters sound alike. Not impressive playwriting.
Again, some good one-liners and a few good scenes (Hamilton Wright as the Doctor was great); otherwise one of the most overrated, disappointing, annoying plays I have seen in many, many years.
commented on The Forbidden Review
I agree with @15 that the Intiman isn't a new play festival, rendering your comparisons void. At the O'Neill, the attraction is that they present in-process work. And you're wrong about Humana--they allow reviews to come more than at the last weekend. It's just that they offer special deals and press access that last weekend. Reviewers can come the earlier "big" weekend, and local reviewers come throughout the whole festival.
When Intiman works hard to fill papers with ads and preview articles and glowing fluff pieces, they in no way anywhere describe Stu as a workshop and in-process. They want it all ways. If tiny Cap Hill dingy theatres run by 22 year olds have the guts to invite Kiley to raw, untested, under rehearsed new works that they've invested all their spare time and ego into, then so can the Intiman.
This was a cynical, greedy attempt by Intiman to keep all the write ups positive and prevent any criticism. An effort that was pointless it looks like.
commented on The Forbidden Review
Good for Kiley. If Intiman soaks up all the newsprint (and screen pixles) they can to promote their shows, they can also risk what every single theater in town--large, small, and in between--risks: the chance of a bad review. And this review reads as balanced, reasonable, and mostly positive. First the ask for $250,000 per show, then they ask for more, then they tell the NYT they're the only good summer talent in town but then they are too cowardly to bring in reviewers?
Stu has a great story. He deserves a big national splash of a show to tell it. But maybe Intiman is too cynical and self serving to deserve to be the ones to do the telling.
commented on Why Buses Should Be Free
I like the idea of free buses (and for NYC, also free subways). But a point of fact, Cahrles: The market does compensate the state for the costs of car ownership. Sales tax is levied on car sales and the dealership pays its own taxes. Then there are car registration fees, fees for your license plate, gasoline taxes, annual fees for your car tabs, fees to have your car's emissions checked (which you need to do so you can pay your tab fees). Want to park your car on the street? 3 dollars an hour. Get a ticket for parking too long? 48 dollars. (show me a bike or bus that pays those rates into the public funds) Buy your own parking space from a capitol hill lot? Pay taxes. The business that sells you the spot pays B&O taxes. Car insurance per year costs between 300 and 1500 dollars. That insurance company is paying B&O taxes, plus the income and wages of its employees feed into the larger economy and taxation system. Etc etc etc.
You can argue that cars cost more than they put in--a plausible but still imperfect argument. But your flat assertion that the market does not compensate the state for car ownership is total b.s.
commented on Theater Schmeater Losing Its Basement Home After 21 Years
This is very sad. Seems like for every theatre space we gain, we lose two. Hope they find a new space soon. Love to the Schmee!
@7. You have no idea what you're talking about. There is no such thing as "an affordable theatre space." And plenty? Ridiculous. Theatre is an economic non sequitur. A truly "affordable" space would probably be impossible to use as even the grimiest theatre. The people who run operations like Schmee work hard and sacrifice. The spaces they use have nothing to do with being hip. It's merely about what isn't absolutely impossible to work in, and can they afford to stay open one more year, one more month, one more day. The Schmee folks sweat blood and money for decades to hold onto and to improve that great little space. This is like a family losing a home.
commented on The Wednesday Morning News
@5. You're right. Your knowledge of the situation based on a single photo posted online totally invalidates the reports of the people who were actually there and saw it happen.
It's all actually a conspiracy. All the witnesses are paid members of a semi truck lobbyist group. The FBI is also part of the cover up. But you have spotted the truth. You are a hero.