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Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Intiman Mystery Continues

Kate Taylor takes a valiant stab at the Intiman-Fail story in today's NYT. But it still seems like nobody's talking out there in Seattle. Main point that emerges is that the problem was not as simple as a bad Managing Director, and that, in fact, the departed Mr. Colburn was very likely a convenient scapegoat for a negligent Board.

Boards, arghh......

Bottom line, according to Taylor: "a cauldron of bad feelings...may pose as great a hurdle to Intiman as its lack of money."

The Intiman story is starting to sound so much like a missing chapter from Mike Daisey's "How Theatre Failed America" that Daisey actually did a special benefit performance of the piece in Seattle last night. (A benefit for the ex-Intiman employees, that is.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mike Daisey is God. Well, perhaps Bacchus.

The point is, he's right. We're just not a serious industry as long as he remains on the sidelines.

People have been saying "the theater is dying" for generations. No matter how many of these big houses go down, the theater won't die. But sometimes I'd like to put it out of its misery.

PS: I am not Mike Daisey.