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2007-2008: Play Overload?

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2007-2008: Play Overload?#1
Posted: 3/14/08 at 6:34pm
Too many plays this season?

Thoughts?
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#2
Posted: 3/14/08 at 6:35pm
You can never have too many plays!
And thankfully there never will be.
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#2
Posted: 3/14/08 at 6:35pm
never too many :)
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#3
Posted: 3/14/08 at 6:36pm
Thirded!
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#4
Posted: 3/14/08 at 6:37pm
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#5
Posted: 3/14/08 at 6:37pm
There can never be enough plays, Mr./Mrs./Ms. Yankee.
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#6
Posted: 3/14/08 at 6:39pm
Explain how you come to think there are too many plays? Not enough Xabadus for you??
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#7
Posted: 3/14/08 at 6:42pm
Mr., thanks.

And I don't recall ever typing my own opinion, Wickedboy.
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#8
Posted: 3/14/08 at 6:53pm
This certainly has been the strongest play season in a long time, but I am agreeing with yankeefan to some extent because some shows, like Is He Dead? and The Farnsworth Invention, have gotten lost in the shuffle. It is heartening to see that there is still a wide audience for plays though.
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#9
Posted: 3/14/08 at 7:41pm
It's great that producers are still lining up to produce straight plays. But this fall, there were too many plays on Broadway at once and the market cannot and could not support them. The strike didn't help matters, but the real problem is: take the limited number of people who will see a play to begin with... and then instead of the usual three or four that are running at once, divvy them up among 11 or 12 straight plays. The result is that most of them could not run. The fact that most of them were good to great, made the environment even more difficult. I'm still thankful for the commercial producers who put their money behind all of those straight plays this season.
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#10
Posted: 3/14/08 at 7:43pm
Agreed. Rock and Roll was just incredible And Farnsworth had a lot to recommend it too. Nice to see these shows finding an audience even if w less of a stay than they should have from their quality.
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#11
Posted: 3/14/08 at 8:32pm
I find the season's high play quantity very invigorating. Good to know they still have a market.
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#12
Posted: 3/14/08 at 8:42pm
Hooray for plays on Broadway!

That being said..

"Good to know they still have a market."

Broadway is a FOR-PROFIT theatrical circuit targeted to tourists and theatre queens living in/near the city. A market? Please. THE market for non-musicals are regional theatres across the country....not BROADWAY.
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#13
Posted: 3/14/08 at 8:51pm
So, by your reasoning, Broadway isn't the market for plays, regional theatres are.

If that's the case, wouldn't it also be true that the only market for musicals is Broadway, not regional theatres?
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#14
Posted: 3/14/08 at 8:56pm
I don't know how you came to that conclusion from my statement, theaterkid1015.

That's not at all true. Musicals are done EVERYWHERE. Plays are moreso produced in the regional market than Broadway. Ask any play rights service and they'll tell you.
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#15
Posted: 3/14/08 at 9:02pm
Mostly by your last statement, "THE market for non-musicals are regional theatres across the country....not BROADWAY." Even if it wasn't your intent, it read that plays were doomed on Broadway, and only musicals could succeed.

Oh, and I thought your response was a little bit more belittling than desired, and I'm a contentious person.
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#16
Posted: 3/14/08 at 10:00pm
I can see where it may come off as belittling - which wasn't my intent. Sorry.
"The Spectacle has, indeed, an emotional attraction of its own, but, of all the parts, it is the least artistic, and connected least with the art of poetry. For the power of Tragedy, we may be sure, is felt even apart from representation and actors. Besides, the production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet."
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#17
Posted: 3/14/08 at 10:04pm
It's perfectly all right.

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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#18
Posted: 3/16/08 at 12:06pm
I think it was an overload. I didn't even want to see all of them and I always want to see everything. While I realize some (Seafarer, Rock 'N Roll) were limited engagements to begin with, I think there's a reason Farnsworth and Is He Dead shuttered so quickly, or that Homecoming continues to have very low capacity.

I think August got the majority of the attention and everything else just kind of withered in its shadow. I still haven't seen it yet, though.
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#18
Posted: 3/16/08 at 12:07pm
Double post. Stupid computer.
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#19
Posted: 3/16/08 at 6:51pm
Frankly the only reason to have seen "Is He Dead?" was Norbert- otherwise its really just a historical authors odditiy mostly of interst to grad students.
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#20
Posted: 3/16/08 at 6:54pm
As a none singer, I LOVE seeing this many plays on broadway. It gives me hope.
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re: 2007-2008: Play Overload?#21
Posted: 3/16/08 at 7:07pm
I think we had a lot of plays this year but that was because the crop of new good musicals was dried up. The ratio of plays to musicals depends on the supply of new musicals. Great plays can always find a home on Off-Broadway and non-profit theatres. Musicals require a higher capitalization.
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