Theatre Exists Outside New York (Really)

“Why aren’t our finest regional [theatre] companies as well known as, say, the Art Institute of Chicago or the Cleveland Orchestra? Ask any publicist and the first thing you’ll hear is that the media don’t take regional theater seriously. Each year it grows more difficult to persuade the arts editors of major newspapers and magazines — even those that pay fairly close attention to theater in New York — to send their drama critics to other cities, save for an occasional trip to London. As for TV, forget about it. I can’t remember the last time PBS aired an out-of-town production. Regional theater, it seems, just isn’t glamorous enough to make the journalistic cut.”