Mr. Sher seems to have confirmed the subscriber's comment in a story by Marcie Silman on KUOW last week:
BART SHER SPLITS HIS TIME BETWEEN FREELANCE DIRECTING, AND HIS JOB AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AT INTIMAN THEATER. DESPITE THE SUCCESS OF HIS WORK IN NEW YORK, SHER SAYS HE'LL STAY WITH INTIMAN FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER SEASON.
SHER: "I think the presence of a single audience, against which I can experiment and do different stuff, mixed with these opportunities in New York, the projects are more challenging and I feel more ready for them than ever."
So Seattle's just the minors where you practice for the big leagues?
So what if he does?
Anyone else notice that he may say that stuff about Intiman behind the scenes but that he didn't bother to thank the Intiman when he won? Hmmmm?
@1 - like Steppenwolf in Chicago is the minors for birthing August:Osage County? Phht.
@3 - that's just stupid.
@everyone. Just let the guy enjoy his award. Geez.
@1 - not only did he not mention his own theatre in his speech, he said something to the affect of - Lincoln Center is the greatest theatre in the world. Above his very own, even? Wow.
Yeah, the musical numbers are usually kind of cringe-worthy, but they're also the only way that a lot of people will see the original cast at all. The Sweeney Todd medley from a couple of years ago was a hatchet job (ha!) but if that's how I'm going to get a look at the staging and Patti LuPone at work, I'll watch.
I thought the Grease cast was pretty good. I was amazed that they all actually looked the right age to play those parts.
I'm surprised you didn't mention Liza's outfit, or lack thereof...
Why would he thank Intiman? They had NOTHING to do with this production.
I dislike Paul Haggis the writer/director of the ultra crappy "Crash", but expecting Sher to thank Intiman for "South Pacific" is like expecting Haggis to thank "The Facts of Life" for winning awards for "Crash"....dumb and not necessary.
Lincoln Center IS a much better theatre organization than Intiman.
My biggest beef is that the only show Bart Sher's "experimenting with" at Intiman this season is Namaste Man. Really, guy? A single one-man show is the best you can give the theater that pays your bills, the theater for which you are the artistic director?
The musical numbers may be ill-suited for television, but the one for In the Heights made me significantly more likely to go see it when we're in NYC in the fall than I was before the show. Oh, and Cheyenne's short shorts also made me want to see Xanadu WAY more than I previously did. I'll still pass on Grease, though. Yecch, that was terrible.
Oh, yeah, Cheyenne's cutoffs cut ME off - at the knees! Damn, he's hot.
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