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A.S. Waterman

September 2008

Something for Everyone

The new season begins, and it's shaping up to be a fine one! There is truly something for every taste, from classics to children's to groundbreaking new theatre. The difficulty is that it will be quite a challenge to see all that one might wish to see.

Eight (at last count) openings were scheduled for either Sept. 4 or 5, including several with nearly identical runs. True, dirty sexy derby play is unlikely to be targeting the same audience as James and the Giant Peach, but some overlap among parents is entirely possible. It's even more likely with concurrent offerings The Full Monty, The Laramie Project and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, along with An Evening of Sketch Comedy. I, for one, had to pick and choose when I would have liked to see them all. Theatre people love theatre, and it's a shame that some fine productions will have to be missed.

Launching en masse right after Labor Day could be avoided in the future. I hope these theatres are thinking ahead, and won't repeat the process right after Derby. 'Nuff said.

Spreading Thin Resources Over a Wider Territory
So far, TheatreLouisville is keeping up with requests to cover the wide range of openings, although it can be exhausting. Reviewers, I hope you'll approach each new production looking for something to like rather than something to criticize. As peer reviewers, we know how much hard work goes into even the most modest production. Let's try to give credit wherever it's due. Remember that we have been there, giving up our precious nights and weekends, asking only for the audience to say thank you.

Therefore, from TheatreLouisville to all Kentuckiana actors and theatre groups: Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

The Vanishing Print Media Coverage
Late in August, the Courier-Journal fired its TV critic, saying it no longer needed one, although that column had been among the C-J's most popular features. That same week, LEO downsized its group of theatre reviewers. Let's hope this isn't happening en masse as well. TheatreLouisville remains committed to supporting the theatre community across Kentuckiana, but — all friendly rivalries aside — we don't want to be the only ones. Here's hoping the print media will reverse the trend they've started.

That Precious Commodity: Time
Recently I've noticed a disturbing pattern of dragging out production cycles, tying up actors and crew for months on end. One local theatre group held auditions in early August for a show that opens in November, and another for one that opens in February. Still another cancelled its final production of the summer, holding actors on contract over until next June. Such disregard for people's time can only backfire, leaving directors without casts or vice versa, and theatres struggling to meet the commitments they've posted. All need to realize that mutual respect is an essential ingredient for success, and that theatre people are people first, and theatre second.

Okay, Now Break a Leg
We face many challenges during the months ahead, but this is the time to summon our inner resources and meet them head on. Kentuckiana theatre is vibrant, resourceful and creative, and if we work together, there is no challenge we can't surmount.

Here's hoping we'll see you in the papers.

— A.S. Waterman

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