A few reader responses to recent features and news.
Readers respond to a review of a book about making it bleed onstage, and a theatre leader takes issue with a recent report on a necessarily changing field.
Readers have a lot to say about post-show discussions.
Readers take issue with 3 articles from the past few months.
A stage manager’s stopwatch keeps a COVID vigil, and a reader expresses skepticism about arts funding as a panacea.
As a former Chicago theatre person (artistic and then executive director of Free Street Theater, from 1991 to 2003), I was glad to see American Theatre devote an article to the wonderful ensemble scene in Chicago (“Stronger Together,” AT, Nov. ’19). But I found it “curious” that the writer neglected to mention perhaps Chicago’s oldest functioning theatre ensemble, Curious Theatre Branch. Curious has been devoted to new work for more than 30 years, having produced Rhinofest long before the first “Fringe” for most of that…
Readers respond to our about our October special issue on small theatres.
Responses to a piece about diversifying improv, and a profile of the great Laurie Metcalf.
In defense of post-show talkbacks, and in praise of a playwright’s candor.
Readers respond to a provocative play about race and to a searching essay about theatrical heartbreak.