Arts Theater Is Not Virtuous
posted by October 25 at 10:31 AMon
KUOW’s Marcie Sillman is doing a multi-part series on Seattle theater that is mostly harmless, if superficial.
But one theme in her series really gives me hives. There is nothing, zero, zip, zilch, nada, null set, NOTHING virtuous about attending live theater. There is nothing secret or mystical about the connection between audiences and performers. A bad night of theater is no more salutary than a bad night of TV. It’s that kind of snotty, self-righteous attitude that turns people off theater. (Well, that and the terrible productions they’re being asked to improve themselves upon.)
I would also like to bitch about one more thing, which is this edition of Weekday, a lazy compilation of the Marcie Sillman stories supplemented by live commentary by Misha Berson. Steve Scher is incompetent. With about five seconds before break, he invited a guy to talk about On the Boards and the risks it takes (a theme notably missing from the rest of the show). The poor guy got about as far as “Spalding” before Scher cut him off with something like “That’s great, you like On the Boards. Onto the break!” Obnoxious.
In closing, I would like to say, duh, theater is competing with the internet and movies. But don’t expect me to feel sorry for you, Mssrs Artistic Directors. Make me excited to get out of the goddamn apartment.