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Date: Fri, 28 Feb 1997 15:28:50 -0500 (EST)
From: Don Baillargeon
Subject: Re: Invitation to Vokes Theatre

Hi Larry,

I can't believe it, but I just received a call from TheVokes Players that their production of Imaginary Invalid has been cancelled for tonight. The lead actor has a 102 temperature and they've brought him to the hospital. We would like you to come some timew next weekend. Any night that is good for you. Could you please call me to let me know that you received this message? Otherwise I'll be swinging by Riverside at 7:00 so you don' think I stood you up! Thanks. Oh, what theater nightmare this must be for them!!!
Best Regards,

Horrors! Indeed it is a nightmare, for everyone involved!
Drama should stay ON stage. I hope everything turns out for the best. Please keep me informed of developments, and we will make other arrangements.
Shows go on, but some shows have a hard birth! I hope all goes well from here on...

Date: Thu, 27 Feb 1997 21:43:55 -0500 (EST)
Subject: RE: Web Site

I was searching among the wasteland of theater websites on the net and stumbled over yours. Great job!

I am currently working on puting up a web site on Columbus, Ohio theater. If you can offer any pointers they would be greatly appreciated.

Tim Fulton


Thanks for the compliment!
I am trying to get the real webmaster here, Lee VanderLaan, to reply with his own wisdom and expertise. Perhaps he'd rather do it one-on-one.

My criteria for putting a website into our Theater Links list emphasize completeness, usefulness, and clarity.
Basically, I'd advise anyone to decide what audience you'd like to speak to, and what you'd like them to learn from whatever they see in your website. If you look at your site through Their eyes, asking yourself whether They will be more dazzled than informed, more confused than intrigued, you'll probably have a great site.
Remember that everyone's equipment may not be as fast as yours, and that elaborate graphics take time to resolve themselves --- even though they're fun!
Theater is a very Present Tense thing, so what I'd most like to learn from a website in some distant foreign land like London or Columbus or Amherst begins with "What's happening where?" Lists of plays and theatres, reviews of current plays, company web-sites, and press-realease information about what the producers think most interesting about their shows all give me an idea of what's going on, on-stage and back-stage. That may not be what you want to restrict yourself to as a web-master, but from my perspective it's a kind of bare-minimum entre to The Theater Mirror links-list.
I love tennis. I don't see matches on the tube anymore, and the two live tournaments I managed to attend were many years ago. But when I read a "box-score" that goes " 1-6, 7-6(7-4), 6-2 " I know from past experience that it was a thrilling match!
I can have that same sort of empathetic thrill reading the "Coming Attractions" list here in The Theater Mirror!
If you can give me the flavor of theater in and around Columbus, you'll have at least one regular reader checking in!
Break a leg, and keep us informed as to your progress!
((P.S.: Lee? Care to tell him The Real Skinny?))

Date: Thu, 27 Feb 1997 09:39:29 -0800
Subject: Re: SPAM? Please, don't.

Larry, nice site - the best theatrical site I've have came across on the net. Keep up the excellent work. Are you in New York?
dave & alice

LARRY STARK'S ANSWER: Brookline, Massachusetts, Dave. Where are you???
(Dave and Alice have been collecting memorabilia and ... well, and collectibles! ... throughout a long career in professional theater, and might be induced to sell you some choice items. Drop them an E-mail and see what they have to offer.)


The information below was gleaned from the "list" (which is really a free bulletinboard) called
This looks like a very useful operation that can benefit theater everywhere in New England on all levels. We will pass on messages, such as the one below, that demand general attention, but not all the traffic there fits that description.
The only danger that I can see is that all messages will appear in your Email-box automatically, so as traffic grows weeding the gold from the chaff could be cumbersome.
But at the moment, this is a sample of what you'll find there"

X-ListName: A list in support of theatre activity throughout New England:
From: Paul Kuritz
Subject: Costume Designer Needed
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 1997 10:30:19 -0500 (EST)

Bates College Department of Theater and Rhetoric seeks a Guest Costumer Designer for a production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town to open May 15.
Send or e-mail resume to
Paul Kuritz
Department of Theater and Rhetoric
302 Schaeffer Theatre
Bates College
Lewiston, Maine 04240

Date: Mon, 24 Feb 1997 18:51:17 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Fwd: New England theatre discussion list

Hi --
This is the email I got on the MUSICALS newsgroup that alerted me to the New England theatre discusstion list.
Hope it builds up!

Date: Sun, 16 Feb 1997 11:02:59 EST
Subject: New England theatre discussion list

New England list subscribers might wish to subscribe to a new regionally-based discussion list serving New England. It is intended to serve the functions of national lists such as Stagecraft and Theatre, but specifically for regional interests.

To subscribe to NETheatre:
Send e-mail to:
Leave the subject blank.
Type only one line in the body of the letter (no signature, no date):

SUBSCRIBE NETheatre "yourname"

Substitute your real name for 'yourname'. You will receive a confirmation message, and you may then post to the list address in the message.
Only subscribers may post.
The discussion list is intended to serve the service and outreach missions of two theatre organizations: New England Theatre Conference (NETC) and the New England section of the US Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT/NE).

The list is new, so traffic is light. Subscription is not limited to membership in either USITT or NETC, so please spread the word. We hope this will serve as a valuable resource for all of us making theatre art in New England.
If you have problems or questions, contact me.

Arthur Dirks

Date: Sun, 23 Feb 1997 22:41:28 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: NRTW / Kiss Me Kate

By the way, are you aware of a new New England Theatre newsgroup? I just heard of it. If you'd like, I'll send you a copy of the email I got that told me about it, and/or the email they sent after I subscribed. So far, it doesn't seem to be too busy. I have only been on for a couple of days or so, though.
Thanks for everything!!!


Yes, please! Anything about theater excites my cuiriosity!

Date: Sat, 22 Feb 1997 21:08:22 -0800
From: "D.Waters"
Subject: some more Kultur


Since I lavished over 3 months of creative energy on AN INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR THE NOVICE AND AMATEUR ENTHUSIAST at
I mention this tiny contribution to Culture and higher Education on the World Wide Web.
It combines 45 pages of pictures/photos, detailed, annotated Recommendations of great Classical works, very brief biogs. of probably 75 great composers , and creative imagery. DEDICATED TO ALL THE GREAT COMPOSERS AND TO MUSIC LOVERS EVERYWHERE, it was designed especially to be of great service to students of college-age, cultured teachers/instructors, and literate, cultured people, (eager to expand their Cultural scope and horizons). This web site project is one tiny contribution to Culture and enlightenment in a world of philistinism and banality. (And, it is a non-profit, EDUCATIONAL TOOL). Since there may be people in your organization or institution who might be interested in the site, I mention it here.
Cheers & Best Wishes!
D.W. (B.C.)

Date: Sun, 23 Feb 1997 02:25:43 +0300
From: Dimon Ariupin
Subject: contacts

We are interested very much in the contacts concerned computer based technologies, can be used in modern dance and avantgarde theaters. On the one hand, our activities directly relate to the creation, production and presentation of new artistic work (namely, modern dance) . On the other hand, we are involved in the researh of new methods and technologies of modern theater. We have developed a new concept of theater staging as an entire computer-based audio-visual complex. This concept is called Mediatronic Theater. In our current production we use a number of our own hard- and software solutions. For over eight years our performances have been among the most noticeable and non-compromising events on Russia's avantguard stage.
Brief information about our project, the blackSKYwhite theater, is located on the web site http//
Should you need any additional information please feel free to contact us at or
Yours faithfully
Dmitrij Ariupin aka Dimon
director blackSKYwhite theater

Date: Mon, 17 Feb 1997 16:40:05 -0800
From: Tom Spang
Subject: Wilbur Theater seating plan

I called Ticketmaster to book Forever Tango. They offered me Row A. Is that first row, I asked, in which case I don't want it. They had no idea! Neither did their Customer Service. I went to Ticketmaster on line, found Wilbur and the show, hit Seat Plan,page came up blank!!
How can I get access to a Wilbur Theater seating plan so I'll know where seats are so I can say yes or no to them? I want to book the show asap. Many thanks if you can guide me.
P.S. Ticketmaster told me they do not have theater seat plans even though they are working off computers. Why not? Seems pretty basic. The ART has them when you call.....

Tom, I'll forward your letter to someone on the Wilbur Theatre staff, and see what happens.
Ticketmaster is a Computer Program, not a real human being.
The only seating chart I know of is on display in the lobby, and The A.R.T.'s website is state-of-the-art, whereas the Wilbur doesn't even have an E-Mail address yet. Give them a few decades to get used to the fact thast this is the twentieth centiry...

Date: Sat, 15 Feb 1997 15:34:36 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Finally!

Dear friends, colleagues, and otherwise people that are OK in my book,
If given the capability, opportunity and the interest, I would very much appreciate if you could stop by the new Web Site for New England Entertainment Digest at, wander around a bit, formulate comments and opinions or two, and let me know what you think.
We're still under we will no doubt always be, but for a start we are up and running thanks to the capable hands and technological wisdom of Robert Lawlor Mattson and Scriptworx, the page facilitator and pal extraordinaire.
Thanks in advance for any feedback you can provide. Like NEED, we hope to keep this page a work in progress and keep improving it as time goes on.
Most humbly yours,
JulieAnn Charest
New England Entertainment Digest

Date: Fri, 14 Feb 1997 23:52:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Forbidden broadway's new ...

I spoke to David Balsom, the press agent who represents FORBIDDEN BWAY here in Boston and he said that the album is said to be in progress right now, but no release date yet. I'll let you know as soon as I hear more.

Who says there are no happy endings any more?

Date: Wed, 15 Jan 1997 23:02:11 -0500 (EST)
From: Jill Hobgood
Subject: Re: Theatricopia

:-) I like to think of it as the musicals website that ate Cleveland. :-)
I've had the site for over 1 1/2 years now, though I only started telling people about it a year or so ago. Believe it or not, I still add about 10 sites a week, so it continues to grow like wildfire. It seems like only yesterday that it all fit on one webpage!
I find most of the sites myself, even though I ask for suggestions. It does take up a lot of time to keep it running properly, as you well know from your own site. One of the things I take a lot of pride in is the dependability of my links. I hand-check every single one at least once every couple of weeks, so you rarely find a dead one on my pages. I also update or freshen my commentary on most of the links every now and then.
I actually don't think of it as particularly cutting edge :-), though I do consider myself the uncrowned queen of HTML dictionary lists :-). I cobbled the background from some clip-art I found on a "free web images" site, which is also my source for most of my graphics. I try to keep stuff like that at a minimum, so that it still loads fairly quickly. I also am a believer in "alt" tags, so that my entire site is friendly to non-graphical browsers.
That's more than you wanted to know about me and my site, I'm sure, so I'll end it here. Thanks so much for adding a link to my site from yours--I really respect the work you're doing there, and am glad to be a part of it in a small way.

Date: Thu, 13 Feb 1997 20:36:12 -0800
From: Hickey/Jackson
Subject: You Have Been Busy...

Dear Larry,
The Front End looks great! Nice organization & revamping. The MBTA page is a very useful addition, and cleaning up the web sites, though probably tedious for you, is truly helpful to your audience.
We will be sending our season info as soon as we get it into meaningful order. Meanwhile, thanks for the site listing and all your work.

Date: Wed, 12 Feb 1997 17:27:50 -0500
Subject: theater costs

Hi, I am a college student doing a paper on theater. I have little background but I found most of my information and now I need financials. Like lighting costs, props, etc. If you could help me out I would be grateful. Thank you!!!!

Well, no, I can't help you at all, though probably someone can.
Check back through the GREENROOM and see if an E-Mail to Joe Antoun --- producer at CENTASTAGE ---can help you.
Look through our THEATER WEBSITES for "Stage Managers' Anonymous" and see if you get a response there.
Call CAPRON LIGHTING and see if they'll talk.
Hell, somewhere in the "A.R.T." website there must be an E-mail address for Robert Brustein; he ought to know what you're trying to find out.
Just remember:
The THEATER MIRROR's URL Must appear in your footnotes! Love,

Subject: Re: comment -- remind me about performances
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 1997 12:24:19 EST
From: Garry Zacheiss Hello Larry,
My name is Garry Zacheiss, and I am the Producer of "Patience." In answer to your question, tickets will cost:
$6 MIT/Wellesley Students
$7 Senior citizens/children
$8 Students/MIT Community
$9 General Admission
and can be reserved by callin 253-0190 (G&S voice mail) or by sending email to starting near the end of March.
Please let me know if you have any more questions I can help you with. Thanks for your interest in our show.
--Garry Zacheiss
Producer, MITG&SP "Patience"

And thank you for the prompt reply!
If I may make one suggestion:
If you had included the info/tickets PHONE NUMBER in your web-site (which is the most beautiful theater-related site MIT has produced, and a pleasure to read), I wouldn't even have had to ask you for it!
Break a leg all...

Date: Wed, 12 Feb 1997 10:07:01 -0500 (EST)
From: Don Baillargeon
Subject: Invitation to Vokes Theatre

Dear Larry,
The Vokes Players request the pleasure of your company at our opening press performance of Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid," at the Beatrice Herford's Vokes Theatre on Route 20 in Wayland. Tickets are available for you and a guest to join us on Friday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m. Please assist us by telephoning our Box Office at (508)358-4034 with your reply. You may also send me an e-mail at .
Best Regards,
Donald Baillargeon
Press Relations
p.s. I met you when you can to see "Assassins." I played the Balladeer.
Don Baillargeon

I'd be delighted! (I know: "That remains to be seen, doesn't it?"!!!) When I was asked to vote in the OUTER CRITICS' CIRCLE AWARDS, it occured to me that "Assassins" would have been an ideal candidate for a "Best Ensemble Playing" award.
Let me see if I can scare up a friend with a car who's free that night.
Otherwise, I would have to someone (again) ferry me to and from the Riverside stop on the MBTA. But if you're willing, I'm eager!
And thanks for the invitation.
Love, ===Anon.

Date: Wed, 12 Feb 1997 09:29:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject: New England Entertainment Digest

Just wanted to let you guys know that New England Entertainment Digest finally has a web site (in construction, but supposedly up) at** We've automatically linked you...hope you don't mind.
JulieAnn Charest
New England Entertainment Digest


And it looks good, too!
Now everyone with a modem can send news and performance and audition announcements to the one indispensible monthly entertainment-information source in all New England --- by E-Mail!!!
But **you can't capitalize JACNEED! Make certain you tell everyone your URL is, or yu'll be sitting lonely and unloved beside your website wondering what all that fuss about "hits" is all about!
(The "EMACT" button didn't work, but STAGE MANAGERS' ANONYMOUS gave it to me.)

Welcome to the InfoBahn, Julie Ann!

Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 16:40:37 -0500
Subject: Forbidden broadway's new album?

can anybody give me any information on the new Forbiiden Broadway album. I mailed a letter to a different address on this website already, so if you see a similar one there is no need to answer both.

Back to the album. I heard (from chrstine pedi) that it was supposed to come out at the end of last month, but I haven't seen it yet.
What's the deal? If it is out, how can I get it. I have all the other ones and would love the new one.
For anyone contemplaiting what show to see: Go see Forbidden Broadway!!! It was hysterical. So, if anyone can help, it would be greatly appreciated.
thanks for your time

Hi, larry stark here.
This Just came in via E-mail, and I can't answer the question.
Can anyone at STANDING ROOM ONLY give John, and everyone else who reads The Greenroom section of THE THEATER MIRROR more information?
I thought you'd know if anyone would.


Hi John. larry stark here.
I'll get you intyo the Greenroom tonight.
I forwarded your first note to "". He's one of the crew running STANDING ROOM ONLY over at Emerson Radio every Saturday morning, and they should want to know about this.
But, have you yet called the local company of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY? If anyone should know about it, it's them.
Of course, the're probably dark until the week-end.
When you DO get an answer, let The Greenroom know what it is!

From: Cynthia Jacques
Subject: Information - show of the month club
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 13:03:35 -0500


I'm a rookie "webber" here so bear with me. I'm trying to get information on what I believe is called the "Show of the Month" club. Generally there is an application in the inside of the programs that are distributed at the Wang Center in Boston. However, I was in town this Saturday and got my hands on a program from the ballet and sure enough, the application wasn't in it.
Can anyone direct me on how to get one of these? I asked at the box office itself, and they could not help me.
Thanks so much

From: Cynthia Jacques
Subject: RE: Information - show of the month club
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 14:47:01 -0500

Hi Larry,

Could I be calling it the wrong name? I just know it was something that you can wind up being pre-alerted on ticket sales and are to buy sooner than the general public, and eligible for various discounts.
I believe New York is also included.
Thanks so much for your help


No, you're right.
Phone information just gave me their number:
She asked "Do you want an application?" but also said she couldn't send you one via E-mail.
So let your fingers do the walking!

Date: Wed, 5 Feb 1997 18:51:32 -0500 (EST)
Subj:Technical Director


My name is Michelle Leibowitz and I am the Director at Hopkinton High School. I am desperately looking for someone to help the students design and build the set. I have several students who are responsible and seem to know what they are doing but they need more direction and help then I can give them. Do you know anyone who might be interested in doing something like this? I am willing to pay a small stipend. I need to find someone ASAP because the show goes up the second week in April. The show is The Wizard of OZ. Please let me know if you can help in anyway.

in Hopkinton

Can anybody help, or direct Sleepless to someone who might be able to help?

Thanks for thinking!


Date: Sun, 2 Feb 1997 08:30:53 -0500 (EST)
Subject: "Rent"

I am looking for tickets to "Rent" on Sat. March 22, 1997. (Matinee preferably). Also will be spending the night in town. There will be 3 or 4 of us. Looking for any hot deals you know of. Greatly appreciate any info.
Thanks !!!!!!!!
Karen Popielnicki


The only special deal I know of is aspecial rush-seats deal, I think for students:
Seats in the front of the orchestra will be sold to the rush-line for $20.00, until they run out, every performance. Phone the Shubert Theatre information line for full details.
Waiting for the rush might even result in dates for after the show, if the moon is in the right phase...

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