There is never a lack of questions to ask about theater. Among the ones I’ve heard pondered over the past couple of days:
Is it OK to leave a show after intermission? (Aside: I heard that one popular Richmond holiday-time production had many intermission defections.)
Why don’t public intellectuals weigh in on theater these days? (Auxiliary question: are there even any public intellectuals anymore?)
Forget about cell phones, is it OK to eat distracting food like popcorn in a theater?
(OK, I can’t really forget about cell phones: here’s a short compilation of infamous cell phone interruptions.)
Should future arts buildings be engineered differently?
Does video work on stage?
Of course, my reading has prompted some questions of my own:
Did Seattle critics take their inspiration from Richmond in creating a theater critics’ circle? They certainly did a better job in taking the bull by the horns by naming the awards themselves instead of allowing an insidious alternative name take hold…
Why don’t more companies produce this show? With the right person, I expect it could be endlessly fascinating.
Can a graphic novel really be effectively staged?
Would someone (hm, like maybe Style?) do a graphic like this one about Richmond-area theaters?
Finally, if you’d like to offer your own answers to the question: “Is plot or language the soul of Shakespeare?” you may want to check out the planned online conversation between Howard Sherman and Peter Marks. I don’t expect definitive answers but I expect the conversation will be fascinating.