I saw How Theater Failed America last weekend and LOVED it! The one man show was hilarious, thoughtful, critical and touching. There are numerous reviews so I will not repeat what is already out there. It is running two more weeks at the Barrow Street Theater. GO SEE IT!! I will be attending the last two roundtable discussions and will post more about them soon.
In discovering more about Mike and his shows I came across this video. This is old news for most of the theater world as this event happened April of 2007, but since I was in a black hole last year I figured I would share with the people who have not heard. Mick Montgomery does a good job of blogging about similar experiences with Christian audiences. Performing in similar situations I too am not surprised about the reaction because unfortunately there are a lot of people that don’t think outside their own fears, but what I am surprised about is that the audience had prior knowledge.
Reading Daisey’s blog posts about the incident it is revealed that the Christian choir group called ahead and asked if there was adult content. Usually when there is an adult content claim it is because the F-word is used and/or there is usually reference to sex. If the adult chaperone’s were still not sure they should have asked what was the nature of the adult content. Just because you disagree with someone’s work dis not mean you can leave sensitivity behind. I congratulate Daisey on taking the high road and embracing a situation that was completely ridiculous and absurd.