New York's theater districts have always been fluid. Broadway, in the 1870s, was actually located around Union Square. The "downtown" alternative theater that was based in the Village and Soho from the 1960s to the 1990s is now scattered all around New York, chased out by real estate pressures. The passing of a theater district is always cause for mourning, but theater is damn wily and has a pleasing habit of cropping up in some new area—sort of like Whac-a-Mole, but with Ibsen heads instead...I see that Oliver Butler who directed my BLESSINGS OF THE SUN GOD back in 2003 also got a shout-out along with his group The Debate Society - I knew he was a good director when his take on THE POO-POO PLAY, which was part of the line-up with SUN GOD, made me laugh hysterically.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
best best-of blurb in the Village Voice's 2010 Best of NYC edition
from the Best New Theatre District (p 67 in the print edition):
Posted by Nancy