Sunday, December 12, 2010
History on Stage to Go the Way of the Dodo?
History lessons are either hit or miss when it comes to the stage. Unlike television, where HBO or Ken Burns can turn out a well loved film about almost any time and place, Broadway audiences seem less into learning their history lessons. A few seasons ago, we had a smash hit in Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia but, this year, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Scottsboro Boys, and A Free Man of Color -- all about various points in American history -- have been playing to less than stellar audiences despite strong reviews. Read the NY Times article below discussing this phenomenon. Let me know what you think may really be going on here by leaving comments.