Michael J. Curtiss
New Hampshire
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Oct 2, 2014 Michael J. Curtiss commented on The Empty Spaces.
Mike Daisey's what we up here in the sticks call "a shit-stirrer".

Granted, he does shine a light on issues within the theatre community which may otherwise go under-reported or swept under the rug, but most times he does it as part of an agenda which is heavy on self-promotion.

Daisey also has a casual relationship with the facts as evidenced by some of the egregious errors and outright false claims he makes, most recently in his one-man show "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs"- so grain of salt where Daisey is concerned. If not the whole damn shaker.

I'm no so sure that his charge that the industry fails actors is accurate. There's a hundred factors as to why the industry can't sustain as many actors as it arguably should.... a surfeit of actors on the market, possibly, or old and inefficient business models, or even a fundamental paradigm shift as prosaic as changing demographics and tastes.

There's a million reasons why an actor stops pursuing roles with the same zeal that they may once have had, so again, I think that the decision itself is personal and pretty much tied to the choices the person makes. I don't think there's any one thing you can blame for how theatre "fails", if indeed it does.

The article makes some good points, but shoots itself in the foot with its sweeping generalizations- and of course Daisey never really offers anything in the way of concrete solutions to the so-called issue of how theatre is "failing" America- only that in so doing, it allows him to remain firmly fixed in the spotlight while he lobs brickbats at a problem that was largely invented by, then conflated all out of proportion by, him.
Dec 12, 2012 Michael J. Curtiss commented on Savage Love.
If you're a gassy anal toy user, I suggest you either find toys which have a hole drilled through them from base to tip, or have some fun and see if you can modify a toy yourself. Happy farting.
Nov 28, 2012 Michael J. Curtiss commented on Savage Love.
IDGAF, I don't feel that you're a coward, but I do agree with Dan's assessment that you need to be more assertive.

Make it clear in a calm and rational manner that you are where you want to be and that you'll entertain no more pressure (however well-meaning) from friends, family or colleagues, and if they still persist in pressuring you, then surround yourself with those who'll respect and honor your choices.

In fact, start doing that now. Nothing bolsters self-esteem and confidence by being around those who get who you are and what you want, and whose own fulfillment comes from a healthy mix of encouraging your happiness, and minding their own damn beeswax.
Dec 6, 2011 Michael J. Curtiss commented on As a Gay Parent....
Nothing like adding weight to the "yet another way the gays corrupt children" argument.
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Oct 14, 2011 Michael J. Curtiss commented on The Hotel I'm Staying In This Week Is Ugly.
If that's a Borg ship, then I hope it will assimilate my brains out.