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THE GREENROOM DISCUSSIONS - Winter: January - April, 199


entire contents copyright 1998 by THE THEATER MIRROR

Subject: We want to explore Shakespeare's plays this winter and spring. How do we find the set of all Shakespeare plays being performed in New England? Thanks
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 14:16:57 -0500
From: Bob Myers

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What you will have to do is look through the listings and copy out all the Shagsberd plays, but I don't know any other way to do it.
Or did you expect me to do it for you?
(Unfortunately, we don't yet have a search-engine.)

Subject: Re[2]: Stage 1
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 10:01:51 -0500

I had no idea that Kaleel was now a "radio personality". The last I'd heard of him, he'd directed a well-received production of an A.R. Gurney play (TABLE SETTINGS, I think) here in Boston - must have been a good ten years ago. Thanks for the tip; I'll check that out.

I saw Michael recently in a big budget Hollywood film that was shot locally; maybe the title will come back to me before I finish writing. Aside from Wendy becoming the "Voice-Over Queen of Boston", Michael is the only "original" Stage 1 actor who I know for certain continued acting. Peter Kovner came along a few years later, and has continued to work steadily in commercials and industrials up to the present, though infrequently on stage.

I was still in high school (late '68) when I met several of the Stage 1 actresses through a mutual friend. I fell in love with one of those actresses and with the Theatre simultaneously. I studied acting with Michael for a season while stage managing and teching "...and he looked." I stuck around Stage 1 long enough to realize that, while I could appreciate and admire that kind of theatre, it wasn't the sort of acting I was comfortable doing. After a couple of years of occasional roles here and there, and studying film at the Orson Welles Film School, I wound up as a company member of Van McLeod's Theatre 369 in Union Square, Somerville (late '73), and remained with them until the theatre closed it's doors in 1977. (Van has been the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the State of New Hampshire for about 10 years now). After an eight month stay in France, I came back to Boston and co-founded (with Paul Dervis) the Alley Theatre in Cambridge, acting in or directing a play every six weeks for the next five years. That wiped me out of theatre for a while, and its only recently that I've stuck my foot back on stage, playing Orson Welles with Beau Jest last Spring in THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, and most likely working with them again on a new show in 1999.
That's the short version of my bio.

All of which reminds me; one of the favorite pastimes for actors when they get together is to try to top each other with stories of horrible things that have happened to them on stage. Might that become a sub-section of the Greenroom? I've got a few stories to start things off, if you think its worthwhile. Happy New Year,
-- Bob

Stories of disasters are indeed the major theatrical pastime. So send some along, and we'll start a brand new category for them!
(And maybe I shouldn't say "Break a leg!" here, should I?)

Subject: Re[2]: Boston Rep
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 11:22:11 -0500

I must say that I'm not too surprised at the non-reaction to David's diary entries. There aren't too many geezers still active in the Boston theatre who were around in those halcyon days of yore, and I don't suppose that many of the younger folks active now are particularly interested in ancient history. I am, though, and I'm looking forward to future installments of the Boston Rep Story.

Just FYI: We met many years ago, Larry, at Stage 1 Theatre Lab, when they were located on an upper floor of an old office building on Washington Street in what was then the edge of the Combat Zone (the building has long been demolished). I was studying with Michael Fulginitti (who is now Michael Balconoff), and running their primitive light board for their production of "...and he looked", circa 1969/70. I still have my First Edition (& probably Only Edition) of Kaleel Sakakeeny's book on acting, with your introduction. Peter Kovner and I have had several fascinating party conversations about Stage 1. Boy, those were different times!
Happy holidays,
-- Bob D.

Subject: Boston Rep
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 17:24:38 -0500

Thank you so much for David Zucker's diaries! I started acting in Boston in 1974, and though I never worked at Boston Rep, my girlfriend at that time (Juliette Bouchery) played the Little Prince with David in one of his tours of that show (would've been around 1976-77), and several other friends worked with them in "the former Ace recording Studio". That was a terrific and adventurous era to be acting in Boston, and reading David's diary entries brought it all vividly back to life for me.
Thanks again and the best to you in the new century.
-- Bob Deveau


Subject: Erroneous Link
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 16:28:44 -0500
From: Maria Sampogna

I wanted to let you know that one of the links on your review page is missing a ".htm" extension. Pub crawl '98 A Minority Report by Larry Stark refers to " " and is missing the .htm after pcls.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Maria Sampogna

I am a terrible proff-reader of HaTeMaiL-codes!
(and of straight typing too, apparently!)
Love, ===Fumblethumbs
( a k a Anon. )

Subject: Re: Threepenny Opera Review
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 16:27:02 -0500
From: Lisa McColgan

Just speaking on behalf of the cast of Le Black Kat's "Threepenny Opera," I'd like to thank you for your review. Having suffered the acidic blows from Marx's review of us, it was nice to see a thoughtful one, and I know that many of the cast members feel the same way. Great site, and keep up the good work!

Lisa McColgan

Subject: RE: FW: JINKIES! -- Please forward!
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 15:30:45 -0500
From: "Pliner, Eric A"

Larry --
We've just completed the run of our first show, "JINKIES! THE TOTALLY UNAUTHORIZED, PARTIALLY IMPROVISED SCOOBY DOO MYSTERIES LIVE ON STAGE," with very successful results. It was a lot of fun, and (fortunately) it was also pretty well-attended. I don't know how many of the folks that came to the show learned about it from your website, but it doesn't really matter. It means a lot to me (as a relatively new "theater person") and to many of the folks in the Boston theater community to have your website as a resource, both for posting and for reading.

With this in mind, I was particularly moved by the Nov. 6th article which you forwarded to me about the maintenance of the Theater Mirror website. I wanted to respond immediately . . . but two days before a show (as I'm sure you know) the ratio of sleep to productivity is pretty disproportionate, and it managed to slip my mind (and my "to do" list). Now that things have quieted down, though, I wanted to be sure to write to you. I am certainly interested in making a donation to the website, but I can't find an address (other than an e-mail address!) anywhere in the e-mail message or on the website to which I can send a check! Please write to me with a mailing address so that I might send a donation.

Thank you for posting our show, and for all of your work for the presenters and consumers of Boston theater. Best wishes for a happy winter season, and for a happy New Year.

Eric Pliner
Fun & Games Stage Company

125 Amory Street #501
Roxbury MA 02119-1075
I missed "Jinkies"; when coming out of another show Beverly Creasey and I ran into a director from another company who urged us not to miss it, but by the time I had any time free, "Jinkies" was gone.
I hate to miss good shows.

Subject: theatre space
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 22:52:18 EST

Hi Larry;
My friends and I are looking for affordable space to produce a show. Do you have any knowledge of theatre spaces that a new, poor theatre company could use?
TODD'S HAMMER found the Boston Center for The Arts affordable; BAOBAB and THE other THEATER used The Actors' Workshop; LE BLACK KAT used Theatre Works in Davis Square; THEATRE 7(BABYLON PRODUCTIONS) used the Beau Jest Moving Theatre's space. I have no idea what they cost, but these were small, beginning companies without a lot of money behind them.
Those are spaces I know about; maybe others will know more.
If you do hear of more, let us know!

Subject: Bishop Feehan
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 22:09:49 EST

Larry, thanks for all your help in trying to assist my school in getting a musical director. Since the notice has been put up, we have been able to find one. Thank You for your assistance.
*Justin Jutras*
I'll take the notice out of The Mirror.
Break a leg with the new show!

Subject: Web Site
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 14:28:14 -0500
From: Juliann Rubijono

Dear Larry-
Many Thanks for your review of David Hanbury and Peter Rubijono's recent production of "Talking to Maybe". Your thoughtful reflections were a great moral boost, and a helpful contribution in assessing the next steps of the piece's development. I believe David sent you a copy of the program for your edification regarding credits.

I also thank you creating such a resource for the Boston theatre scene. ( I've worked with G.L. Horton in the past, who brought your site to my attention).

If I may be so bold, I would like to suggest that you take an in-depth look at your site's navigation. While the content is a gift to those wishing to learn more about theatre and its goings on in Boston, navigating the site it self is EXTREMELY frustrating. It would surely benefit from an overhaul in its filing system.. as at this time the experience of surfing your site is akin to standing in front of the famed news comic strip's character "SHOE"'s desk! YIKES!

I am a theatre director in background, and incorporating multi-media- web design- into my repetoir of skills--- so my attention is drawn to the flow of the web at this time. I have shown your site to a few people at the computer consulting firm where I presently work, and we all agree that it would be a grave injustice not to reorganize . Your efforts in bolstering Boston's theatre are terribly valuable, and we would like to be able to read what you have to say;-)
~ Juliann A Rubijono
And I agree with the Perfesser's editor P. Martin Shoemaker(Shoe's initial standing for "Purple" I'm told) that the haystack of a desk, and in this case of a website, is a disgrace.
Any suggestions as to how to streamline that "filing system"?
There are several layers of "navigation systems" here, I am INSIDE it, working with those most convenient to a 66-year-old print-generation mind.
Seriously, if anyone has suggestions for making The Mirror easier to handle, you know our e-mail address, and we're eager to please.

Subject: Emma's Christmas Pix
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 1998 21:11:22 EST

Hello Everyone!
Just thought I'd make you smile by giving you the latest pix of our adorable daughter - her holiday photos.
Call them up at

Backstage baby!
Ticklin' the ivories
Knockin' down those Christmas trees
To be in a show!

Subject: Re: f y i
Date: Wed, 09 Dec 1998 15:48:23 -0500
From: Katharine Emory kitdiva@MIT.EDU

Dear Larry,
I am ashamed to say that I'd not heard of the Mirror before you sent this to me as well as your generous offer to post info on Flashback's upcoming holiday shows. Thank you for enlightening me! I hope to remain on your mailing list; is the Mirror a regular cyber newsletter or a website? If the latter, please send me the URL or hyperlink and I will bookmark it for regular reference.

You and Lee both sound like wonderful, dear old-school lovers of the theater. Hallelujah! And you've every right to ask for some compensation for promotional support offered to the theatrical community at large. Please send me your address and I would be most honored to send that check for $10 to support your work borne of love.

I am foremost a performer and I sing primarily. Mostly classical, but often musical theater and jazz, too. My boyfriend is a stagehand born and bred in the midwest (and therefore of "old-school values" in my book). He is currently the head electrician for his 2nd Broadway show, "On the Town".

Anyway, Larry, please be our guest if you wish to find your way to either of our two shows. Regardless of reviewing, we'd love to know your were there and enjoying something new and fun (as we consider our show to be). Let me know and I'll reserve a seat for you!
Kit Emory, mgr.

Subject: A Brazilian musical lover...
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 1998 12:13:58 -0200
From: "Adriano Serra"

Hi Larry...

Let's see if you can help me...

I'm looking for a CD from the musical called "Weird Romance" (Alan Menken - 1993), but it's out of print... I really LOVE this musical and I'm trying anything to find it...
I was told that this musical was played in Boston...
So... if you have ANY information about it... please!

Thank you very much for your attention

Adriano Serra - Brazil

Yes, there was a student production in Kresge Little Theatre at MIT.
A fun little show.
I hope the people who did it are still around ands can help you.

Subject: Hi Larry
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 1998 19:10:18 EST

Hey there. Jerry told me about your financal bind at TM. At our next meeting we'll propose a small donation. I'm sure we are good for $20 or so. I'll put the word out as best as I can. I'm sorry we can't do much more than that but we did want you to know that Jerry, myself and the rest of the members here at Hovey, consider TM an important part of the local theater scene. Please please keep it going. You and the TM site have helped promote live performance art in this area. We need you. Keep up the good work.

John MacKenzie
Hovey Players, Inc.

On the one hand, I hate to whine and cry poor. On the other, come the end of the money, I often still have month left. And it's also true that for the three years of its existence, The Theater Mirror has cost Lee VanderLaan $30 per month to keep the site in existence, and will every month in the future.
I don't like to ask, as WBUR asks every pledge-break, that you "put a dollar value on what you get out of it" --- but this Is America, isn't it? And the fact is I do upon occasion feel the urge to squander some cash on frivolous self-indulgences, like a bathrobe or another shirt, or trolley-fare out to Waltham and back.
The problem is that I hate to beg from friends, and I know how tight money is for theater people. So when Beverly Creasey began sending people post-cards, I just didn't tell her to stop.
Thank you for the thought. To me, that's most important.

Subject: Boston area acting classes
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 1998 17:36:53 -0600

Hello! I was wondering if you could help me. I am looking to take acting classes in the Boston area. More specifically, I was looking for someone to help me prepare auditions. Do you have any names or places I could call for information?

LARRY STARK SUGGESTS: Yeah, you should start with StageSource, whose e-mail address is [ Email: ]. They may want a membership fee of $35.00 to use their information banks, but this is exactly the sort of question they were set up to answer.

Subject: Re: About the "You Know You Work in Communty Theater If..."
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 15:16:08 -0500
From: "Chris Polo"

Whoa, you don't kid around, do you? Got back after Thanksgiving, checked out your site, and got really tickled at that big ol' copyright notice smack dab in the middle of your page! (can you tell I spent Thanksgiving with relatives in North Carolina?). Thanks a billion gazillion -- we're already getting hits from your site to ours (and hopefully sending a few your way as well!)
Chris Polo
Community Theater Green Room

Subject: Trying to Find Erica Batdorf.
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 1998 13:47:28 EST

I noticed in your review section, you mention Erica Batdorf's "Facing East". I attended the Boston Conservatory '87-'89 and am now an actor in NYC. I have recently been re-assesing what I learned there and am trying to contact Ms. Batdorf who taught there all too briefly. If you have an e-mail address or other way I might be able to get in touch with her, pleease e-mail me back. (
T hank You,
Erick Buckley (aka. Bokuniewicz)

I think she's here doing workshops and teaching. (And she's recently married, too!) Here's the announcement, with an e-mail address.

The Batdorf School for Movement Theatre
Announces the following classes:
Movement For Actors
7 - 10 pm Tuesdays 17 - 22 December
Emotional/Physical Connection in Performance
7 - 10 pm Thursday November 19 and Sundays 22 November - 20 December
Corporeal Mime and Muscular Dynamics
6:30 - 8 pm Mondays and Wednesdays 16 November - 16 December
Intensive Workshop on Spirituality and Performance
10 - 5 Saturday and Sunday 19 $ 20 December
Erika Batdorf will perform
"Facing East"
9 - 13 November
at Johnson State College, Vermont
Information: 1(617)338-7288
She doesn't really know me; I don't really know her, but FACING EAST and the things people were saying about her life and work made me think she'd be a much-needed force for good theater here in Boston.
I hope she's not too distracted to respond.
( a k a Anon. )

Subject: "Chipper Charlie at Boston Conservatory" by Beverly Creasey
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 20:44:41 EST

Dear Larry,
Saw the Conservatory show and loved it. Read the review by Beverly and would like to have a copy of it. It was supposed to be from the Theater Mirror but I can't find it! Please help!!!!!! Thanks
PS Any other review sites would be welcome also!

Beverly works for a number of real newspapers who pay her money, but when she has seen (or just wants to see) a show none of them wish to have her cover, she sends that review to me.
I know we both "saw the same show" and talked about our enjoyment of it in the break and after, but someone else has printed her "Chipper Charley" review, and, sadly, I have never seen it.
Call the Conservatory and ask for their p/r person, who can tell you where it appeared --- or might even send you a xerox or a fax of it from their files.
She doesn't have e-mail, or I'd forward this to her and eliminate several middle-men.

Subject: About the "You Know You Work in Communty Theater If..." post
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 1998 13:39:58 -0500
From: "Chris Polo"

Just thought you might like to know that the "You Know You Work in Community Theater If..." post that you have up in The Green Room came from our site, The Community Theater Green Room, at

It got picked up from our site shortly after I posted it a couple of months ago and has been making the rounds of the net as an anonymous e-mail -- I even had a copy forwarded to me recently with a new title, "You Might Work in Theater/Opera If..."!

We're happy to see that it's proving so popular, but it is copyrighted -- could we get your help in letting folks know that by asking you to credit us for the piece?

You have a terrific site, and even though we're nowhere near Boston, we still check in from time to time to see out what theater folks up in your neck of the woods are doing.

Thanks for your help, and keep up the great work!

Chris Polo
Community Theater Green Room -- an interactive community theater site
Home of the Community Theater Web Site of the Month Awards

SO you'RE THE ONE! LARRY STARK SHRIEKS: I Knew someone must be the source of those incredibly funny theatrical sayings and stories that circulate via e-mail. I will certainly fasten a copyright-notice to the letter which is somewhere below.
Break a leg, and I'll put the Community Theater Green Room into The Mirror's links-list.

Subject: Theater/Theatres
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1998 12:53:37 -0400
From: Marc Talusan "talusan"

Mr. Stark,
I am curious to know the basis of your "obstinant pedeantry" regarding the difference in meaning between "theater" and "theatre." According to Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th ed., the two words are interchangeable and mean both the art and the art's locus (among other things). I unfortunately do not have access to a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary, whose position I should consider definitive.
My understanding has been that "theater" originated in the United States, during the early nineteenth-century push for an "American" English distinct from that of the Crown. This movement resulted in new spellings for a variety of words, such as "center" for "centre," "meter" for "metre," "check" for "cheque," etc. Thus we have a host of words with identical meanings and pronunciations which are nevertheless spelled differently on either side of the Atlantic.
It is this socio-linguistic identity crisis, and not a difference in sense, which distinguishes "theater" from "theatre." Indeed, I have always interpreted (and applauded) your insistence on "theater" as a much-needed dose of patriotic sentiment combatting the hordes of pretentious American would-be Anglophiles who write "theatre" only for the sense of Old-World cachet. This snobbery only reflects the American's inferiority complex when faced with London or Moscow. Your choice of "theater" had read to me like an American proud of his country's theater, who had no use for the fakes sucking up to an imaginary greatness found across the seas.
Roger Hammerstein

The fact is, my first editor Joe Hanlon handed me this speculation on what the two spellings meant, and since for a long time Joe was GOD, I thought he knew what he was talking about.
He didn't.
But if you'd had the word of God about something, would you bother to check a dictionary on the subject? After all, we know that dictionaries Lie, because they disagree with us.
I have had difficulty doing listings because somecompanies spell it one way, while some playhouses spell it another...and that problem is further complicated by editors who opt for one spelling over another, and therefore often MISspell the names of theatres or theater companies because their One spelling is so automatic.
For many years I really did believe that ER was an art and RE was a building, and thus that a theatER Company worked in a theatRE. But people who Do read dictionaries are always pointing out that this is "...a dirty black Protestant lie" (as an Irish heckler once shouted at Orson Welles at Dublin's Abbey Theater).
When I wrote that quote originally, I believed it was true. I do, in fact, still spell the art differently from the edifice in letters and reviews. The "obstinant pedantry" (which I think contains a misspelling, by the way) got added to the mix when I had to admit what I had taken as gospel for so long simply was not true.
Even in England, the preferred spelling changed over the centuries, and it did here in America as well. Your take on the difference is refreshing.
Vive la difference!
===Speling Impaired
( a k a Anon. )

Subject: Musicals
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 01:56:38 EST

Hi! I am a student at the University of Pau , France, and I am currently doing a master on musicals. It is very difficult to find information in France, I was wondering if you could help me in any way...could the theatremirror interest me for my subject ? Do you know of any other magazine that could help me ?
Thank you very much,
Carole Poletti

Try these:
AltaVista on "musicals"
The Mirror isn't very useful for research, especially historical research, because it's major interest is on Current Live Theater Productions.
But perhaps the readers of The Greenroom can help?

Subject: Re: Independent Reviewers of New England
Date: Mon, 09 Nov 1998 23:26:04 -0500
From: "Kenneth Happe"

by the way - if people haven't gone to see Racing Demon at Merrimac - get them to do so imeeidately it closes on Sunday the 15th - the best thing I've seen in 6 months.

Yes sir!
Well, you heard him, didn't you? Love,

Subject: Fwd:More on Community Theater
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 09:38:10 -0800
enjoy! (hope you haven't seen this yet!)


The material below has been



Community Theater Green Room

______________________________ Forward Header __________________________________
You Know You Work in Community Theater if...
...your living room sofa spends more time on stage than you do. have your own secret family recipe for stage blood.'ve ever appeared on stage wearing your own clothes. can find a prop in the prop room that hasn't seen the light of day in ten years, but you don't know where your own vacuum cleaner is.'ve ever appeared in or worked on any show written by Van Zandt and Milmore. have a Frequent Shopper Card at The Salvation Army. start buying your work clothes at Goodwill so you can buy your costumes at the mall.'ve ever cleaned a tuxedo with a magic marker.'ve ever appeared on stage in an outfit held together with hot glue. name your son Samuel and tell him that his middle name is in honor of the French side of the family.'ve ever appeared in a show where tech week is devoted to getting the running time under four and a half hours.'ve ever appeared on stage in an English drawing room murder mystery where half the cast spoke with southern accents.
...your children have ever begged you not to buy them any more Happy Meals. think Neil Simon is a misunderstood genius.'ve ever appeared in a show where the cast outnumbered the audience.'ve ever gotten a part because you were the only one who showed up for auditions.
...the audience recognizes you the minute you walk on stage because they saw you taking out the trash before the show.'ve ever menaced anyone with a gun held together with electrical tape.'ve ever had to haul a sofa off stage between scenes wearing a dinner gown and high heels, and you're a guy.'ve ever played the father of someone your father's age.
...your kids know your lines better than you do.
...your kids DELIVER your lines better than you do. get home from rehearsal and have to go back to the theater because you forgot your kids.'ve ever appeared in a show where an actor leaned out through a window without opening it first.'ve ever had to play a drunk scene opposite someone who was REALLY drunk.'ve ever heard a director say, "Try not to bump into the furniture," and mean it.'ve ever appeared on stage with people you're related to.'ve ever heard the head of the set construction crew say, "Just paint it black - no one will ever see it."'ve ever appeared in a show featuring a flushing toilet sound effect.
...the set designer has ever told you not to walk on the left half of the stage because the floor's still wet-five minutes before curtain.'ve ever been told that the reason your director has no eyebrows is because he was in charge of special effects for the last show.'ve ever said, "Don't worry - we'll just hot glue it."
Subject: Larry:
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 12:23:00 EST

Hello Larry,
I'm a cast member of the Lyric Stage's "ASSASSINS," and wondered if I could run a question your way. I've just started reading reviews in The Theater Mirror, but am a little confused about which reviews are actually from your pen. When I click on the review under your name for our show I see toward the top your copyright notice, but the bottom is signed "Love, Anon." I just wasn't sure if this was your review or that of a fellow cyber-writer. (I saw the same thing re: "Four Baboons...")

Presumming that this is your work, and thankful - indeed, grateful - that you're one of the few who spends the time to input the full creative and casting info, may I offer a selfish correction? The roles of Proprietor/James Garfield are indeed being played by Jon-Daniel Durbin. However, as printed in the program insert, the roles of Bartender/Hangman/Gerald Ford are played by David Mack Henderson, me!

Proscenium seems to be a publication gaining on the local scene for many good reasons. They have a drawback though, especially for smaller companies that haven't cast comletely so far in advance. They require a huge lead-time for publication, no doubt in part because it's printed in Canada. And from the empoyment advertisement they're currently running in Bay Windows, either they're expanding or understaffed! Growing pains might make for a good article...
Thanks again for your thoughts on our production.

Although I am indeed "Anon." wherever that signature appears here in The Mirror, it was never my intention to keep YOU anonymous!
I notice I got it right in the body of the review; and now that I've corrected the cast-list no one will ever it was wrong up till now!
Please, everyone, if you find mistakes tell me about them and I'll make them conform to reality.
( a k a larry stark )

Subject: Re: Cricket's Notebook
Date: Sun, 8 Nov 1998 19:48:32 -0500
From: "Lee Vander Laan"
To "Larry Stark's Theater Mirror"

The story behind the banner was flattering but unneccesary.

I do it because the website gives us both a manner of contributing to theater as we are able. I am not fanatic about theater, but am glad you are! It changed my life for the better when I became involved in theater in high school, as the wounded (dead) soldier in Everyman Today. Later, I ran sound and stage-crewed in many community productions, and developed a love for the stage that is unsurpassed by any other venue in its honesty, openness, and expression for the sublime. I am happy to be a part of the Theater Mirror, and would do it for love, before money. It is fulfilling in itself, to underwrite the Theater Mirror, and Larry Stark, without whom it simply would not happen. I encourage all who find pleasure in reading Larry Stark's writing to enhance his life style, before mine. Write him a check for a few bucks today!

Subject: just a few questions
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 1998 22:20:06 -0600 (CST)
From: "Kristin R. Fleming"

My name is Kristin Fleming and I attend Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. I am thinking of taking my upcoming semester off, just for some time to figure out a few things. I am a sophomore and I am supposed to declare a major next semester. That is my main problem. I have no idea what I want to major in and I am going to do this to figure that out. I am very interested in theatre (mostly musical) and I would love to get into it somehow. I don't know if you are the person to talk to about this but I'm going to give it a shot. I really have no experience in theater. I was in my high school musical senior year and I greatly regret not having done it all throughout high school. I don't necessarily want to actually perform during my time off. I didn't know if there were internships or volunteer jobs available. They could really be in small scale theaters and they could require anything. I know my lack of experience could hinder me a bit, but i just wanted a general idea of what there is out there and I wanted some information before I start making phone calls. So if you could get back to me I would GREATLY appreciate it.
Thank you very much for your time.
Kristin Fleming

One thing about theater people is that they can ALWAYS use another volunteer. And another thing about them is that they are very quick to be helpful, and form bonds of friendship very quickly.
So don't be hesitant!
I'm not sure from your note whether you expect to stay around Tulane, or to come here to Boston.
In either case, though, I'd advise that you do what I did thirty-some years ago when I was first in Cambridge:
Check the college calendar, and then the local paper, (or here, The Mirror) for any AUDITION Notices or CASTING CALLS.
Simply show up, tell people you don't know anything and don't intend to act but you'd like to help, and they'll put you to work, if not that very night then as soon as regular rehearsals start. They always need people to make phone calls, run errands, or "sit on book" which is just following the lines you hear in the script and calling out whatever people forget ... when they ask for a "Line!
Set builders can always use willing hands, and they'll show you what they want and oversee the result. Lighting people ALWAYS need help because the person who knows where each instrument has to go can sit on a ladder and hang them a lot faster if someone like you is handing them up from the floor. I never learned to focus or plug or gel the lights, but I got damn good at coiling those heavy cables! And directors need assistants to take down notes, producers need people to put up posters or address and stamp envelopes, costumers need people to cut and to sew or to run to a shop for cloth or buttons. (A friend of mine doing costumes for the all-male Hasty Pudding Show at Harvard had to go buy twelve 44-D bras and enough falsies to fill them --- for the kick-line --- her first day!).
And most of the stuff that has to be done can be learned quickly; they won't expect you to Design a Set right off the bat, but once you've nailed a flat together, or pasted canvas on it, or sized it, or painted it, you'll be an Expert at it when the next one comes along. What I got fairly good at was moving sets and scenery on stage-crew between scenes, and pulling curtains. That's good, useful work, and you get to know the cast and the rest of the crew during rehearsals and performances.
But most important, you get to see all the pieces being worked on, and then fitting together, that audiences never know about .... the other nine-tenths of the iceberg.
You can find shows to work on at Tulane, or in or around New Orleans (or in or around Boston) all the time. And every one of them will have Something someone like you can do that contributes to the whole effort.
Keep a diary, like the ones David Zucker or Rosann Hickey did, or just send The Mirror a postcard about what you do.
And, by all means:
Break a leg!
Oh, P.S.:
You won't be paid for any of this. Not a dime. Not MONEY. But I did it for five years, never got paid, and never had a greater time in all my life.
Go for it!

Subject: opportunities
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 1998 10:19:32 -0500
From: Beth Manspeizer BethM@ACCINT.COM

Hey! I was wondering if you know of any upcoming Directing opportunities?? I am a freelance director here in Boston.
Beth Manspeizer

No. But others may, so here you are in the greenroom!
Break a leg in any case...

Subject: 1 ACT PLAY
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 1998 19:12:22 -0500

I thought you may be interested in this :
RJ Camelot

Subject: Re: Announcement
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 1998 23:44:39 EST

Thanks for the posting, Larry!
I see that you are searching for reviewers. I have extensive experience writing both preview articles and reviews of Portsmouth area productions, for the Portsmouth Herald and Portfolio Magazine. I can e-mail or fax copies of my articles and reviews if you like.
John Geoffrion

Wonderful! Love to have them! (Maybe after a while I'll get to understand just what The Players' Ring is really all about!) If these are essentially for some other publication, will you make certain they know I'm REPRINTING, and let me know what paper to credit and to give copyright-notice to. But review any show you have time to write up; I get what Beverly hasn't placed in any of half a dozen small newspapers, and I "link-in" Angel's SCENEplay reviews, so everyone's different. ((Ah, er,um, you DO know I can't pay anyone any money, I hope!)) E-mail would be simplest for me, unless it is NOT simplest for you. The fax is in Essex; I'm in Roxbury; and I'm "digitally impaired" so don't "attach" anything because my computer eats my homework every damn time. Or rather, it scampers off and buries them somewhere like a puppy with a bone (more like a squirrel with an acorn, really!) and smugly refuses to tell me where.
Want to send a sample? Not that it'd be an "audition"; I'll use what you send; but I'd be interested in style. What's the last Great show you saw?
Thanks again for volunteering! Love,

Subject: Project: Y2k - Boston Production Crew Needed!!
Date: Mon, 02 Nov 1998 10:23:00 -0800
From: Cory

We are organizing a national cable show to be aired on local public access. The actors are amateurs and the production teams are public access groups and/or college students.
The feedback thus far has been great and we start shooting one segment here in California this week.
We have a collection of actors in the Boston area that are ready to start shooting but we need to connect with a production crew in that area.
If you know of a group that might be interested in participating in the project, that will surely gain national exposure, please let them know of Project: Y2k.
More info:
The groups:
Stephen Yardley

Subject: Will & Lil Show
Date: Mon, 02 Nov 1998 09:08:29 +0000
From: Will McMillan

Hi, Larry:
I have recently made Beverly Creasey's acquaintance and logged on to TheaterMirror so that I could find a review she recently wrote of my cabaret show.
Thanks very much for creating an online publication that provides further opportunities for information to ripple through our overlapping communities (in my case cabaret and theater.)
Now I am going to explore your site.
Will McMillan
617/547-6789 x333

Like anything you see, Will?
Keep in touch...

Subject: Happy Birthday to Theatre Mirror!
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 1998 21:33:13 -0500
From: Don Gillis

Hey,, did you forget that you had your third birthday this month?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Larry, and the gang for producing the BEST web site on teh East Coast!!
Don Gillis
Rhode Island

Thank you Don. I think, mostly, The Theater Mirror has become most of what Lee and I intended three Halowe'ens ago.
Except for the money and the fame, of course.
Maybe next year...

Subject: Theater Mirror
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 08:56:38 -0800
From: "Sharyn"

Dear Larry,
Well, the site is now astonishing. Congratulations. It's easy to use, clear, attractive, my goodness how you've grown.
So, as I'm doing web work myself, did you ever start making enough money to support your theater habit?
Sharyn Shipley
"Felicity" is being featured at

Sharyn, Lee and I make about as much money from The Mirror every year as the average playwright does!

Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 01:04:00 EST

Dear Larry - love your site! I'm new to computerland and am starting to do research for a play (above) set in Manhatten in 1947. I was trying to use the internet and research that era ie. fashion. decor - just history in general. I am having a poor result with searching. Would you know any websites re. theatre that could help in research not only for this play but others in the future. Any help or advice you could give would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you. Mary Glen

I tried an AltaVista search, but 1947 is an odd between-two-wars time. I thought perhaps the WEEGEE photos would give some flavor of the decor and the fashions, since he prided himself on naturalistic snap-shots.
But I had to lateral the question to Baker's Plays.
I know the play was done here at least once in the last year or two, and perhaps designers who worked on a production can offer advice.

Subject: rent production
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 02:07:31 -0600
From: "G. Timothy Beck"

my name is tim beck and i was wondering if you knew of a production in the boston are called "RENT". i was wondering about more info and when and where it will be at.
Wishing You Greatness,

The URL for the official RENT! website is:
[ ]
And this is the touring information there:
Make sure you get your tickets for these upcoming cities!!!
September 11th tickets on sale in Memphis. Call (901) 525-1515!
September 12th tickets on sale in Albuquerque. Call (505) 851-5050!
September 13th tickets on sale in Tuscon. Call (520) 621-3341!
September 14th tickets on sale in Reno. Call (800) 714-5331!
September 18th tickets on sale in Palm Desert. Call (760) 340-ARTS!
September 20th tickets on sale in Denver. Call (303) 893-4100!
"RENT!" W A S in Boston, two and a half years ago.
And in Providence about a year ago.
I haven't heard about anyone trying to bring a tour to this area again; it played to skimpy houses when the Boston run extended, and it wasn't a very happy cast, so I can understand the hesitance.
And there will be no locally-generated productions anywhere until the New York run ends and the tours stop making money, so places like North Shore Music Theatre won't get rights to the show probably for years.

Subject: Cabaret
Date: Sun, 25 Oct 1998 12:43:10 EST

I live in New York and it is impossible to get tickets for the show Cabaret. I was reading your web site and was wondering if the Cabaret at the Hasty Pudding Theater was the same as the one on Broadway? If so how can I go about purchasing tickets? Your help would be greatly appreciated! Thank You.

First of all, no, this production was created originally out in the Berkshires and has nothing whatever to do with the big-budget smash currently on Broadway. Second, though it was a good production and did extend, you ignore what we said at the top of the list of archived reviews:

Please remember to check the play dates at the end of the review.
Currently running plays will be noted with four ****.
The reviews say:
"Cabaret" Reviewed by Beverly Creasey
"Cabaret", A Minority Report by Larry Stark
"Cabaret" A Minority Report by "Angel"
and two of them at least end with:
"Cabaret" (till 4 January)
12 Holyoke Street, CAMBRIDGE
1(617)496-8400 Though it was a fine show, and the Outer Critics' Circle cited it for some awards, it closed last February.
Sorry for the confusion. Love,


Hi. I am larry stark from The Theater Mirror, and we need your help.

Specifically, we need names and addresses of REVIEWERS in your area, whether for newspapers, t-v, radio, magazines, or even on the Internet like myself.

Last year a number of reviewers here surprised Boston by voting a series of awards (best production, director, actor, actress... that kind of thing) and centering our attention on the under-publicized smaller theatres neglected by the major critical voices in the city --- based loosely on the Obie Awards.

This year we'd like to expand this into what we'd like to call the:

Independent Reviewers of New England

Trouble is, we've had difficulty FINDING other reviewers in other cities in the six New England states. So, who reviews your shows? Please send us names and addresses so we can contact them and send them explanations and solicit from them nominations of the good work you and your colleages are doing. (We were egged on in this expansion by PROSCENiUM Magazine/Programs, and we expect they'll give the "IRNE" Awards some added publicity.)

So please e-mail me names and addresses of any reviewers you know of, in your area or wherever in New England. The year's end grows on apace, don'tchaknow....

( a k a larry stark of THE THEATER MIRROR )

Last night (okay, the morning of 21 October) the above letter was sent to the e-mail addresses of the 90-odd theatres in The Mirror's links-list of theater web-sites in New England. If you didn't get a copy, you can still answer the question and help make an Independent Reviewers of New England award for excellent theatrical work in your area a reality.
I will archive all responses in a Reviewers in N.E. archive. Reviewers will be contacted by snail-mail or e-mail with ballots and explanations just as soon as we know who the heck they are!

Subject: co operation
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 1998 15:06:45 +0300
From: Raida

I think that the world has done the Islamic and the Arab world a great injury and therefore the Arabic Literature in general and the Arab Literature specifically.
You seldom find any information about the Arabic theatre or the Egyptian theatre on the pages of web sites. As if, after two hundred years , we have done nothing or as if we were on a different planet rather than Earth. I am looking for a place for us : the Islamic and Arab writers in this world.
After being translated by the Oriental scholar Vladimere Shagal in Russia and Dr. Muhammad Mofaco in previous Yugoslavia , I really found out that good literature does not have a country because we live in one village and one world. Man's worries are the same whether his name is George or Ahmed.
So, and after presenting twenty researches about my plays in the Arab world, I think it is high time that I present my work to theater scholars and literature students and Arabic Theater in the West. To those noble knights who wish to translate Arab theatre to the West I present myself.
I am fifty two years old and I have sixty different plays among which are experimental plays, children plays, historical and comic plays all over the Gulf countries in addition to Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. It is possible for those who wish to translate the Arabic theatre into English or into any other language to contact me via e-mail or snail mail . That goes for those who wish to obtain my already translated plays to study them. Yes we really need to create beautiful theatre and literature for all of us.
Best Regards,
El Sayed Hafez.
Snail Mail 12 Tarek Yehya Abdel El ghAny Street-El Taawon- Haram-Giza –Egypt Tel/fax 02-3868657.

Subject: HELP!
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 00:20:42 -0400
From: Reed Farrar

I direct for a small non profit community theatre in Centrral Maine. We're in our 5th year of putting on pretty decent work. Now my board has requested that we do a dinner theatre show this season. Do you have any idea who publishes these "things". I know most groups just write their own but we were hoping to embarass ouRselves as little as possible. Any links / ideas?
Much thanks!
Reed Farrar, AD
Winterport Open Stage

But what does he know? Can anyone else suggest a better source for dinner theater productions?
Oh now, let's not always see the same hands.....!

Subject: Response to your question - What's the point?
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 1998 23:34:06 EDT

In response to your question -- what's the point?

Many people visit our site to find out what's up at the Abbott. When they do they will find a news page with links to Theater Mirror reviews of our shows. Although the show may have closed, the review of the production provides our customers (both yours and mine), information about our work. A review that is thoughtfull and supportive of the hard work we do, raises the confidence level of our participants, audience and members, and at the same time provides information to potential customers.

For your part - providing reviews and information on as many plays and theaters possible will insure the continued high volume of traffic your site has enjoyed thus increasing public awareness of the services you provide.

If you check out our news page, you will see we still maintain old links to reviews you have written, on closed productions. If you look at our main page you will notice we have received nearly 1000 hits in less than a year. With an active membership of only 20 or so, that's not so bad. These people are all given a chance to see your work. I'm sure many family members from the casts of these productions, have downloaded your reviews long after the production closed. I'm sure some of these people have recorded your URL.

I will do my best to keep you posted on our production dates so you may attend early in the run. In the future if you do attend later in the run, please consider publishing a review anyway -- your words will be read.

Celebration runs November 6,7,8,12,13,14,15, 19, 20,21 Please consider attending early. We would prefer you attend on Sunday the 8th or Thursday the 12th as those days have more openings. You can request comps via Email.
Thanks for all your hard work at Theater Mirror and your continued support of the arts.
John MacKenzie
Hovey Players

Wed Oct 7 13:45:47 1998
From: (Carolyn Castagna)
Subject: Re: "further Web site promotions"?

Hi Larry

I sw the review of the book on Theater Mirror--looks great!

As for further promotion, we will have to decline the paid advertising offer. However, I'd be happy to work with you to feature an excerpt of book on your site at no charge. Please let me know if you would interested in discussing this.

Thank you,
Carolyn Castagna

Dear Ms. Castagna:
I happen to like Myra and Harry Frommer's book IT HAPPENED ON BROADWAY.
But whatever gives you the impression we would enjoy helping YOU make money out of sales of this book when you have no intention of paying us for that help?

What I offered to Harcourt Brace was paid advertising of a book I think the readers of The Theater Mirror would like to know about. I have even offered to arrange a Banner ad that would allow people to order the book directly from you, in exchange for a per-book cut of the $35.00 per book that would enrich Harcourt Brace. (When I last worked for a bookstore, they got to keep 40% of the sale price on every book. We're nowhere that greedy, but you never even allowed us to get to the dickering stage, did you.)
Understand what we're selling here:
At last count, an average of 197 people every single day have looked into The Mirror --- 58 of them in the last eight hours alone. And every one of those people came here Because They Love Theater.
Neither the Boston GLOBE, the Boston PHOENIX, nor the Boston HERALD can guarantee you that ANY of their many readers have actually looked at ANY pages devoted to theater, let alone can give you guaranteed statistics on exactly how many of their readers actually read one of your ads in their pages.
But The Theater Mirror could.
Had you taken the chance and put an ad into The Mirror, you could divide the cost of the ad by the guarateed number of people who read it, and thus would know Exactly how much per pair of eyeballs your advertising here was costing you. And you could have counted every single order of a book as well.
But instead of contemplating the possibilities of Internet advertising, you preferred to believe we would
"feature an excerpt of book on your site at no charge. "
If you had actually read my review you'd have realized that this is Exactly What I Had Done Already, for free.
So, no, I don't think I'm interested in letting You run excerpts of Your choosing on The Theater Mirror for free. Lee and I have never insisted that our soul is not for sale, but I'm damned if I'll give it away to someone as crassly insulting as Harcourt Brace for nothing.
Larry Stark

Subject: Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 15:50:18 -0400
From: (Robert Ironside)

Any chance that anybody could help me with finding records of productions of Shaw plays (other than the Shaw Festival) in Canada? I'm doing a research paper for a possible book and need reviews, recollections and whatever people can remember of either "Heartbreak House" or "Doctors Dilemma". I'm only interested in Canadian productions outside of the Shaw Festival (they have their own records that are accessible). In short; I'd like to get some idea how the rest of Canada responded to Shaw in the past 90 plus years or so. I'm sure there will be some Actors/Actresses that have performed parts in either of these plays and Actors usually keep reviews and remember performances. They will be quoted and listed in a bibliography that will more then likely be included in a book for students of Shavian Drama in the future. Actor recollections and reviews tend to add a human character to what would otherwise be cold history.
Perhaps you could place this message on an electric bulletin board for us and let people contribute if they wish. I am working on behalf of the Trent University English Department and Leonard Conolly Ph.D.
Thank you in advance,
Robert B. J. Ironside
10A Victoria Ave.,
Peterborough Ont.,
K9H 4V7
also available at;
My ICQ number (if that is preferable) is: 20652231

Okay, gang. You know what to do! Love,

Subject: Hello! Your doing a good job, but
Date: Tue, 06 Oct 1998 17:32:22 -0500
From: sdetterman

Hi Larry-
I was looking at your site because someone told me that it is a good place to look at the weekly schedule for the theaters in Boston.
Unfortunately it wasn't much helpful because they aren't all in one place, and they aren't up to date. If you could do anything about it, it would be very much appreciated. Thanks.

My "motherboard" was sick for a week, and that accounted for delays.
But I don't know what you mean by "in one place" --- I try to update PLAYS UP AND RUNNING every week, as completely as possible.
What other arrangement would you find more useful? I'll change it if you just tell me how.

Subject: RE: Mousetrap
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 10:20:46 EDT

We will be doing Agatha Christies' "Mousetrap" in Gardner at Theater at the Mount on October 2,3, 9,10,11. We would love it if someone could find the time to come review us. Thanks. Love your web page.
Mark Kahn

Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 10:28:35 EDT
Just sent you an e-mail regarding "Mousetrap". I forgot to mention something interesting about this production. It will be set in New England in the 1950s. Thanks again, LARRY STARK HOPES:
ANYONE can review a play in The Mirror; it's just that so few people actually do!
If you run into anyone who wants to, make sure they know they CAN!
And, break a leg all! Love,

Sub: The Birth of Jonas Allen Olson
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 23:36:02 EDT

Hello friends,
Jonas Allen Olson came into the worl Monday morning at 7:33am after 14 hours of labor. He weighed 8lbs8oz and of course is perfect. Baby and Mom finally were discharged today, Wednesday. Tonight s his first night in his home.
Sometimes life really works and miracles do happen.

Happy BIRTH day, One and all!!!!!

Subject: improv groups in Baltimore?
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 16:02:46 -0400
From: Louise Penberthy

I just moved to Baltimore from Atlanta, where I did improv theater. Mostly comedy, but some drama. I've been searching the Web, trying to find out if there are improv groups in Baltimore. So far, I've had no luck. Do you know of any groups?
-- Louise
-- Louise Penberthy
Baltimore, MD U.S.A.

LARRY STARK REPLIES: Hi Louise. You need Richard Gist! If he doesn't know what's going on in Baltimore, no one does.
He is the AISLE-SAY eye on Washington DC, and his "Richard Gist's Balto-Wash Theatre Reviews Page" covers that entire area like the traditional cheap suit.
Here, I'll forward your question to him directly and save us all some time.

Subject: An appeal to all theater companies (and their Webmasters)
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 00:19:04 EDT

An appeal to all theater companies:
Publishing a web page brings with it many responsibilities. The public expects the information provided on the page to be accurate and up-to-date, and that e-mail will eventually be picked up and read.
And yet, some very attractive, glitzy theater web pages introduced in the last year have been left to wither on the vine for the 1998-99 season. They are on my bookmark list and show up in search engines, but they still advertise last year's season, or worse, still promise that the new season will be announced - IN AUGUST.
As we start a new theatrical season, I urge each theater company to evaluate its ability to support its presence on the web.
Brad Walters

Subject: Comments
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 1998 11:24:02 EDT
Larry, I wish your site was more up to date.
Many of the listings have come and gone.
It makes me wonder what I might be missing.
I like to browse through the auditions and the current shows but they both are out of date.
Please keep up the site it is of great value to theater people.

Couldn't agree more, Ednefii.
I filled up the entire hard-drive of a Pentium. That meant I had to take something Out in order to do any updates or answer any e-mail. And the big-ticket junk are what I thought were "useless, irrelevant programs".
Well, on 2 September one of those useless, irrelevant programs I deleted was the one that turned on the entire system and opened the Wondows 95.
I have not been able to change or update anything since then, and I couldn't even read any e-mail. (150 or more messages were there when I went on tonight.)
Undying thanks to Lee VanderLaan who brought a newer, bigger hard-drive with him this evening, after trying last Sunday and burning out a motor installing. He may be The Mirror's "silent partner" but he is the rock that allows it to function and sees to it my mistakes are rarely fatal for long.
So everything will be updated and spiffied up and all the mail answered by, oh, about Groundhog Day.
And thank you all for taking The Theater Mirror as seriously as I do myself.
Now I've got to go to work.
===Digital Dunce
( a k a Anon. )

Subject: re: Theatre Mirror
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 1998 17:29:01 EDT

I have to tell you that I absolutely LOVE Theatre Mirror! I have been on several auditions just in the past few weeks thanks to you, and have met people I might never have met if not for your listings. I am expanding my horizons and having a wonderful time doing it.
Thanks for taking the time to help out the struggling actors out there.
Terra DeMartin-Anderson

Subject: Playwright approacheth
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 1998 08:09:39 EDT
From: Dear Larry:
This is a grand site. The mind boggles thinking of all the time and attention it must take to keep it current. Much thanks.
I have a query. A one-woman play I wrote about Fanny Fern - the first woman columnist - premiered last year as part of First Night Columbus and then went on to run at the Cleveland Play House. It did well and I'm thinking I would like to try to find a Boston home for the piece as Fern was a prominent Boston black sheep as well as much of The Genuine Article is set in Boston.
I'm visiting the city in October and wondered if you had any leads as to which theaters might be best to approach about the show. It's easy to mount, is very popular with a variety of audiences (women, seniors, schools, etc.) and is a bang-up role for a feisty middle-aged actress.
I'll gladly send you a copy if you want to give it a peruse. It just seemed naturally querying you as your web page seemed the most authoritative source on the local scene. Hope the request is not out of line.
In admiration,
Aubrey Wertheim
Oberlin, OH
However, I'll bet The Greenroom will!

Subject: Emma's Web Page
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 1998 20:21:49 EDT

To all our Friends and Family,
Forget about the Starr Report! This is the REAL news of the week! Miss Emma Danielle Bergman has her own web page!!! We warn you in advance that the cuteness factor is extremely high!! So proceed with caution!
The address is:
, Steve and Maryann
At that age, most kids look like Winston Churchill. Emma, however, bears a faint resemblance to Joe Papp!
This is what The GREENROOM is all about!

Subject: andrew foster, chemical reactions
Date: Sat, 05 Sep 1998 21:11:12 +0200
From: Felix Weichold:
dear larry,
im a german grammar school teacher for english (spanish and german). at present i am trying to make a german publisher publish a collection of new us short plays for educational usage. one of the texts i am absolutely fond of is >chemical reactionsbest short plays The publisher wants me to write an intorduction to this play, but unfortunately I lack any sort of infortmation on the author.
I would be very obliged to you if you kindly could give me a hint about where to turn to.
I hope to hear from you.
what I want to do is make some of these absolutely fantastic modern short plays of minor us stages known to german students. i am sure that those texts provide a lot of motivations as well as useful knowledge of us culture and people.
good bye!
Dietrich Weichold
Rosengartenstr. 8
72119 Ammerbuch

Subject: Foreign reviews
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 1998 14:23:34 EDT

I am trying to find a review that I heard was in Variety for the London production of THE BEST OF TIMES. The show is at the Bridewell Theater, and the review was supposed to be in the August 29th issue of Variety. I would appreciate any help you can give. Thank you.
Sheila Mack
But perhaps some of the people who look into The Mirror can?

Subject: :+)
Date: Tue, 01 Sep 1998 12:48:36 -0400
From: susan harrington:
Hello Larry,
Could you please let me know if you know of ANY "Black" theater groups in the greater Boston area.
Susan Harrington
No. I can't think of a one.
There WERE. The New African Company, headed by James Sprouill, worked with the Theatre Company of Boston, and The People's Theatre, whose major force was Christine Connaire, was a color-blind-casting interracial group that built its own little theatre in Cambridge --- it's now the Alley Theatre, I think, where people do stand-up.
You might look up The Elma Lewis School for African-American Artists, which was in Roxbury.
I think the only remnant of Black theatre in boston is Black Nativity, playing every Xmas at a church on Tremont Street closer to City Hall than to The Wang.

Subject: your summer vacation
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 1998 10:23:21 EDT

Larry --
Did you really go to Minneapolis and NOT visit the Guthrie Theater? Please tell me that I somehow missed your description of the flagship American regional theater. If you were at the Walker, how could you have missed it?
The Widget
My friend had seen a limp "A Month in The Country" and the only performance of "The Importance of Being Earnest" would have been a matinee she couldn't attend. So I had a "genuine vacation" instead of a "busman's holiday"!
I do, however, have fond memories of seeing an afternoopn-then-evening production of "Peer Gynt" there in the late '80s when I lived for five years in Decorah, Iowa.
===Well Rested

Subject: Greenroom-Reviews/Ninfea
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 1998 11:14:32 -0400
From: Don Gillis

I read with interest the comments Ninfea made regarding reviews on your site. "How can I trust reading a review if all the reviews are good?"...
You CAN'T..period. Just as you CAN'T if all the reviews you read were bad.
I have a very difficult time reviewing a show that I did not like( and yes, I do go see them,,how else would you know if you liked or disliked the show?)
But I think the point I would like to make is: I think you have to like the CONTENT of the play, or else you are not going to be able to "review" the show with any credability. For instance, my son Gregory (who is 30 years old) and I (over 55) went to see the musical "RENT". I loved the action and lights and costumes...
BUT I hated the theme, found scenes against my morality....have grave concerns about what the government should be doing about AIDS, poverty, etc. On the other hand, my son Gregory a performer and singer here in Rhode Island Dinner Theatre and is 20 years younger...LOVED the show.
Do you think I should have "Panned" the musical just becuase it went against my grain? I don't think so. If Gregory had reviewed it, you would have got a glowing report of its CONTENTS and THEME. I could not do that, so what is the answer? There is none. Either you decide to review and bad mouth a production you hated, or you shut up and let someone else give an unbiased report. Does that make sense?
Don Gillis
Reviewer for Larry Stark's Theatre Mirror

Some reviewers take delight in pretending they are "critics" and nibbling a show to pieces with quibbles, or thunderously announcing that a show, or even a company, should not exist "because I don't like it! And readers must agree because I am the great god Thespis returned to earth to rid the world of theater I Don't Like!"
My view is that Reviewers aren't Critics; they're reporters and not moral judges. I want a reviewer to "tell me what you saw" and if you do that well I can make up my own mind, thank you, about how it meshes or grates against my own personal tastes.
I like a Lot of shows "critics" can't abide, and unlike Don I probably would have liked the message more than the execution had I ever seen "Rent" (which I haven't). But I'm not interested in keeping those who Will enjoy what I might not away from the theatre, any more than Don is. He chose not to review "Rent" because he knew he wasn't the right person to do so. I really respect that kind of honesty and restraint.
But, does anyone else think that Polyanna Stark has his pointy head wedged up his own enjoyment of theater?
Let's have an argument!
( a k a Anon. )

Subject: just read your review on the Net on Merrily We Roll Along
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 1998 19:47:59 -0500
From: "Fister"

Larry Stark,
Hi. Look I can only assume you are famous. So I apologize for the intrusion. I read your attack on Merrily We Roll Along and thought you must see a lot, a whole lot. And I hoped I could interest you in taking a look at my work. I'm new. I have recently finished my second musical. I think both are decent. Of course, I'd love someone else's opinion. My work is up on the web. I think that makes a novel offering, and I would sure like to find out if anybody else is putting their musicals on the web like I have. Please, I'm not asking you to look at both, but if either has any pull on your curiosity I love to know what you think.

With much appreciation if you can afford the time, I would like to introduce you to:
"JI", which is slightly over the edge musical comedy that promises and I think delivers a story about the rise and fall of Joseph Immanuel. It could easily be that he is from Howell. J.I. is the mayor and he is in a pitch battle for re-election against Fair Jack, who runs a phone sex store for a group of retired professionals, the Chorus. The head of the Chorus is Fair Jack's mother. Fair Jack's father has escaped from jail and returns to the neighborhood in the uniform of a priest. This priest, unrecognized by mother and son due to the length of his absence from the neighborhood, is the only one who knows the truth about JI, and reveals all in order that his son may take the race and the hand of the girl he loves. (

and "Gary Bright" which is a new musical comedy that briskly tells the classic struggle of worker and boss at High Core Tech. Briefly, the workers in the front office at High Core Tech are well organized, and they are earnest in their competition to see how quick they can get rid of the next boss. Gary Bright is the lead secretary and manages to set a new company record. The clerks are bound to try to beat Gary's record. The clerks are led by Eddy and Betty. Betty use to be engaged to Gary Bright but is now Eddy's girlfriend. To complicate their efforts to get rid of the next boss in record time there is the new found realization by Gary Bright that what he wants to be is a big fat boss.
thank you.

Frankly, what I think is not nearlky so important as what People think, and luckily The Mirror hasa lot of People reading and reacting to The Greenroom. So I've highlighted links to your two scripts, and no doubt many of the people who will read them will be equipped with some Audio capability and can even listen to the songs. (When I filled my hard-drive something had to go, and any Audio capabilities were the first I scrapped.)
So, I hope this means you get lots of useful feedback!

Date: Thu, 27 Aug 98 10:37:58 PDT
From: "Jack Dyville"

Hi Mr. Stark
Love your web site. My first visit!
I received an email today from an old friend who said they saw me listed in THEATRE MIRROR and knew I did have a theatre in Williston North Dakota so figured it had to be me!
I looked and cannot find anything? Do you know what they might have been referring to? If you have a minute to respond. If not, I certainly understand.
YOUTH EDUCATION ON STAGE, Williston's only non-profit theatre for the youth of Williston Basin-area
Producer-Director Jack Dyville
Thanks and I am so glad to have found this web site anyway. I will be a constant fan now. Thank you for this!
Best always, Jack Dyville!!!

I just did an AltaVista check on your name, and came up with this as a reference:
That's the "Playwrights On The Web" website, one that is listed in the Links-List for The Theater mirror.
So, technically, you're NOT reflected in The Mirror, but actually, you are.
So that solves the mystery, doesn't it?

Subject: Dear Larry...
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 1998 04:48:42 EDT

I must thank you for posting our audition! Two of our finest cast members are a result of that one audition! It is a testament to the quality of the people who log on to your site.
Would you like to come see "Love is Murder?" I guarantee that this will be the funniest play you have seen in a long time. Please let me know if I can reserve tickets for you!
Also, how do I post an announcement/listing about the play on your site. Is that possible. I have written one up to make it easier, but I don't know the format you prefer.
Thanks so much!
Nada (see the listing pasted below)
Take a look, and yes, I'll be there 3 September.
Break a leg all... ===Anon.

Subject: top 50 list (finally)
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 1998 19:03:30 EDT
To:,,,,,, GMATTHEWS@PARTNERS.ORG,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Thanks for your patience with me everyone. Here it is.
P.S. i'm thinking about starting a SRO mailing list so we can all "talk" about theatre stuff (actually, i suppose i've just done this) so, if you know anyone who would want to be added to the list, have them e-mail me. also, let me know if you think this is a good idea, or just another one of my silly fancies. i'm interested in hearing what people thought about the final countdown. this list would be a good place to reply so we can get a dialogue going.
Zac Lasher is the voice and the play-lister for the WERSfm show STANDING ROOM ONLY which airs every Saturday from 10 am till 4 pm. He asked listeners to send him lists of their all-time favorite show songs, and then went through a heumongeous statistical reduction into a master list of 100, which he played in one four-hour marathon. (Yes, I will put the list into The Mirror elsewhere!)
And then, workaholic young snipper-whapper that he is, when he sent people copies of the list he added this ps and started a whole new e-mail discussion group he's now monitoring.
If you'd like to join in, send an e-mail to him at [ ] to get in on he fun.
And, if you don't know SRO, you're missing a lot!

Subject: Re: Done!
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 98 16:00:53 -0400
From: Laney Roberts

Thanks as always for your kind attention and lovely words about what we do at Wharf Rat Productions. You are a wonderful addition to any audience. My actors were wondering who the man with the wonderful laugh was last Sunday? I told them that you were the best friend an actor could make!

Subject: REVIEWS
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 1998 12:44:41 EDT

I have just discoverd your site and I'm very impressed with the collection you have on-line. However, the one thing that bothered me was the reviews. I read all the reviews for shows I had seen, and surprisingly, they were all very good. The I read reviews for shows that I know were terrible and eventually flopped, and the reivews were still good. I began to wonder 'how can I trust reading a reveiw if all the reviews are good?' As a theatre person I know how great it is to get a positive review, but as an audience member, all good reviews makes this site less creidble.
Just a thought.
Thanks, Ninfea.
I won't hide behind the old "no accounting for differences in taste" dodge here. If bad shows are getting glowing reviews, I ought to worry.
While it is true I don't review shows I don't like (unless the failures involved are very surprising), if people get the idea that I'm "puffing" bad work something is radically wrong and should be dealt with.
But what "terrible" shows that "eventually flopped" were you referring to?
Does anyone else feel I've been unfairly pollyanna-ish about terrible flops? Please, let's be honest. Hold your mirrors up to Me, and I'll see what I can do about this. Love,

Subject: Re: REVIEWS
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 1998 21:33:47 EDT

Thanks for your response to my email. I didn' realize you don't review shows you don't like, so that clears things up. One show that I personally disliked, and eventually failed miserably for various reasons was Beyond Therapy at the North End Union last year. I thought if there was ever a bad review, it would be here. But everyone certainly has a right to their own opinion.

Again, thanks for the response,


Subject: Looking for actors with programming skills
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 16:12:39 -0400
From: Oliver Strimpel

Your Website is very impressive!
We're a start-up company in Newton, Mass called Zoesis and are developing a new kind of interactive entertainment software that involves drama skills.
We are looking to hire some people who have a combination of training and skills in both acting and computer programming. Do you have any ideas or pointers as to where we might find such people?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Oliver Strimpel
Well, I do know an excellent acter who does compuer support on the phone as her eating-job. And a director who computes part-time, I think.But I'll bet there are a lot of similarly skilled thespians in this neck of the woods. And I'll bet they all read The Greenroom, too!

Subject: Reservations & Websites
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 1998 14:16:00 EDT

just so you know, we have had people still trying to make resevations for Tuna. They've all been on my voice mail, so I don't know how they heard about it or why they think it's still running, but I don't think there were any other listings or press that said we were running til the end of the month. Just thought I'd let you know.
Laurie Palmer
The Works Theater
JUST AS LARRY STARK FEARED: We may try to prove the power of the Internet, but all we seem to be able to prove without contradiction is the power of the Internet to Screwe Things Up!
"Greater Tuna" is CLOSED. Only our Current listing is accurate!
( a k a Anon.)

Subject: ushering
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 19:48:33 EDT

Where is your theatre in Boston. I have ushered at the Huntington Theatre, all the Newton Theatre, for Blue Man Group, and the Emerson.
Can you tell me the opportunies in the next few months.
The Theater Mirror is a WEBSITE on the Internet.
But here are the names and addresses and phone numbers of 244 theatres in New England that are doing plays this week:
[ ]
Call Them and see what they offer....

Subject: Re: Mass Appeal
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 17:55:15 EDT

Once again, you came through for me with flying colors! Thanks!!

Subject: Re: For Your Information
Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 09:34:48 -0700
From: "Mark S.P. Turvin, M.F.A."

>Hi. larry stark here, from The Theater Mirror
[ ] back East in the six New
England states.

That's kind of ironic, since I'm originally from NYC, but got my M.F.A. in Playwriting from Emerson College in Boston, and started my Ph.D in American Lit and Review & Criticism at Boston University. I lived in downtown Boston (2 blocks from Fenway Park) for three-and-a-half years, and while growing up spent several summers in Chatham on Cape Cod. I call myself a New Yorker by birth, a Bostonian by education, and a Phoenician by choice!

Just got this letter, and made this answer in our GREENROOM:
>Subject: Mass Appeal
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 1998 18:15:15 EDT
>Hello! Have you ever heard of the show Mass Appeal? It plays in Wareham,
MA and I was looking for information on it.
for +"mass appeal" And Lo and BEEhole, look what came up:
So I guess your questions are answered.
I wish they were all that easy!
( a k a Anon. )

I thank you very much for using me as a resource. I can't tell you how complimented I was. I noticed that your answer was cut off when I visited the page, though.

I used to do book reviews (even while living out here in Arizona) for Assunta Kent and the New England Theatre Journal. I'm also the Phoenix regional critic for Aisle Say, and a big fan of G. L. Horton's.

And when I read about your being barred from a theatre, I wondered if
you might like to read our (by now old) critique of critics:
>Of course, if you review shows, you probably don't have a lot of free
time for reading!
>Break a leg. You run a useful website!
>Love, > ===Anon. >( a k a larry stark )

Thank you again for the compliment, and I did read your interesting critique of critics. It's actually a feature I've been thinking of doing for my OTHER website, AARO-Arizona Art Review Online. I think critics should stop every once in awhile and learn what their readership and the companies they review think of them. I've always considered having a talk-back section on my websites, since feedback about feedback can have a positive effect.

I am the only critic in the Phoenix area who has not only formal training in theatre, but who actively participates professionally within the community (as a playwright, dramaturg, actor, production manager and director). As a result, I have been called by the Artistic Director of the regional Arizona Theatre Company the "Theater people's theatre critic." I find that a vast amount of my readership is the theatre professional, and tailor my reviews in that way. I've always felt that critics should split evenly: half for the potential audience's benefit, half for the companies'.

I dislike the attitude of many of my fellow critics that the best critic is one who has not necessarily been in anything, but has seen a lot of theatre. I think a theatre insider's critique is much more interesting than one from someone who has never experienced opening-night jitters, thunderous applause, deafening silences after scenes and songs, and the pleasure of a congratulatory review, as well as the pain of a stinging one. (I've had the unfortunate pleasure of enjoying all of these things at once in shows I've been in and had produced just this past season!)

I always endeavor to give an honest appraisal of all I review, and have found my friendships with actors, directors and other co-workers in theatre have sometimes been called into question. I established early, though, that I will tell just how good or bad I thought a play was; no favorites and no special considerations. If I didn't have that schizophrenic ability, I'd never survive either within the theatre community, or reviewing it.

Thanks for discovering my website, and letting me discover yours. I had thought that theatre in New England was dead, or dependent on Colleges. I'm glad to see it's flourishing, and hope one day to return to the land of four seasons and mosquitoes.

Mark S.P. Turvin, Theatre Critic for:
1) Aisle Say--The Internet Magazine of Stage Reviews and Opinions
2) AARO--Arizona Art Review Online

Member of the American Theatre Critics Association
Goldfish Publishers:

Subject: Mass Appeal
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 1998 18:15:15 EDT

Hello! Have you ever heard of the show Mass Appeal? It plays in Wareham, MA and I was looking for information on it.

for +"mass appeal" And Lo and BEEhole, look what came up:
So I guess your questions are answered.
I wish they were all that easy!
( a k a Anon. )

Subject: So much Theatre, so little time...
Date: Sun, 02 Aug 1998 00:06:34 -0400
From: aseltine

Hello Larry,
It's the night after the 1st of 2 performances of the most intriguing version of The Owl & the Pussycat I've ever imagined.. Judy Jacksina, the New Yawk Directah, really is brilliant at cutting/ adapting pieces for staged reading. This one was done with an accompaning trio of Rock & Roll singers, and interpolations by a male and female sex lecturer who, by the end of the show, mirror the complications of the O & P.
There is something so satisfying--short, sharp and intense about coming together and working like demons for 2 days and getting what always turns out to be a real show on. There is literally only time to do the piece, no time for politics, backbiting, idle chat, or any other imaginable irrelevancy.
By the time the audience starts arriving we are all operating on pure adrenaline. The down side of this is that it takes a while to descend..
Nice to see all the raves you and The Mirror are getting. Now, I'll just go & click on something, anything, so that you'll get credit for it. I do what I can.
Love, Rosann
So nice to hear old friends are still capable of Surprises!
And, if you don't know who Rosann (That's ROZann) Hickey is, you should click here to re-live her tour with the Xmas Plays!

Subject: Your site
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 11:08:53 -0400
From: Student Bar Association Webmaster
Organization: University of Miami School of Law

I'm on vacation in Maine from Miami. I decided to visit Boston and take in a show. Since I had my laptop, I thought I'd use yahoo to see what I could find. Your site is, by far, the best resource I could find. Thanks for the help. Keep up the good work.


And, as everyone knows, lawyers never lie about important things!
(Insert wry emoticon of your choice here...)

Subject: Re: our listing
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 13:03:33 -0400
From: "Brad's mail"

well, we GREATLY appreciate the time you took on our behalf, and FYI, your site is so complete that even when I'm weekending around New England, I print out your entire listing and we review it in the car enroute deciding what we're going to see...
Thanks again...

Subject: just checking in
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 20:35:53 -0400
From: David Goldstein

It's nice to see all my Mystery Cafe' alumni doing well in local theater. John Kuntz and Steve Capriullo and Lynn Moulton and my former production manager/director Paul Farwell. Those are the ones I just noticed in recent reviews and letters.

As our people move on to bigger and better things, I am in need of new talent. Real up and comers who enjoy the challenge of interactive theater and most of all a talented director that can make it all happen.

I tell you this to ask for an audition / headshot & resume notice in Theater Mirror.

Our address is Comedy Theater Productions
264 Washington Street
Westwood, Ma 02090

As for us; Fridays and Saturday, we present "Titanic - The Mystery Cruise"
and coming in October for our 5th season in Salem is our Haunted Dinner Theater and "Be Witched". You are always welcome.
David Goldstein
I've put up an audition notice.
Break a leg all!

Subject: Props Alert!
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 23:24:28 -0400
From: Nancy Curran Willis

Hi Larry . . .
Wanted to take advantage of your vast audience to see if anyone out there in theater(re) land can help us find a couple of items we need for the fall show at the Quannapowitt Players in Reading, MA. We are doing "The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild" by Paul Zindel and need a 1970's style 16mm movie camera and a gorilla (King Kong) costume. Can anyone out there help us? We are a non-profit community theater so budgets are thin but rental is a possibility, however, an ad in the program would be preferred. If you can help, you may contact me at:
Nancy Curran Willis
P.S. It was good to see you Saturday night at AFD.
And I can't wait to see "Mildred Wild" again!

Subject: RE: Audition News
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 14:53:56 -0400
From: "Howard, Jennifer"

That's terrific, Larry. Can we insert a blurb for "Crimes of the Heart"? It's directed by Rick Stewart and runs September 18-20, 24-27, Oct 1-3, Thu-Sat @ 8 p.m. and Sun @ 7 p.m. "A sometimes charming, highly eccentric Southern family gather to support the youngest, charges with shooting her husband. A funny, quirky play about family, love, and how to handle a "very bad day".

We got a lot of responses from Theater Mirror for "Crimes" auditions and put together an excellent cast. Thanks for your excellent support.
Jen Howard
-Jason Kidd, upon his drafting to the Dallas Mavericks

and break a leg.

Subject: Phantom of the Opera
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 16:44:32 -0400
From: "Joline Lachance"

Is there a web page that would show if and when there is a Boston schedule for Phantom of the Opera?
I've tried a number of places and this looks like a great page.
Thanks for being there.
Joline & Bob
Jill Hobgood's Theatricopia, which has a lot more about musicals than I have ever needed to know.
Click on "Shows" and look into her links-list.

Subject: Forum Review
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 11:24:37 -0400
From: laura hill

Thank you for your obvious appreciation of good theatre. Paul Farwell put together a supreme cast and an outstanding set design. But of course I am partial as this is my second production with him. Your intuition is correct. We (the cast) work as an ensemble leaving our egos at the door in order to present to the public a piece that doesn't miss a beat. Much credit goes to our director, Paul. Thank you again.
Respectfully yours,
Laura Hill
(Panacea - Courtesan)

NOTE: The letter below was mailed on 20 May to my old address, and just arrived.
105 Pleasant Street
Arlington MA 02174

Mr. Larry Stark
Theater Mirror
125 Amory Street #501
Roxbury, MA 02119

Dear Larry:

It was nice to see you at the BCA the other evening. I have been meaning to write and thank you so much for your incredibly kind words regarding Virginia Woolf in your Cricket's Notebook. I don't yet have the Internet, but the very talented Joe Zamparelli gave me a copy. Thank you also for your Critic;s Circle nomination for my performance in V W. I was floored to say the least. I feel as if I am the luckiest woman in Boston most of the time just having a chance to do theatre with my talented friends, but an award nomination that is really something special. I appreciate it very much. I was so blessed to be around Joe, Fred, Alisha, Roy and our stage manager Cathy.

I also wanted to thank you for attending our production of "On The Verge." I heard your laugh and it really gave the message that you are someone who wants small theatre to survive and thrive in Boston. Thank you. I was encouraged many years ago by my wise acting coach not to read reviews, and I don't read them most of the time. I do, however, value reviews as learning tools. I give them all to the aforementioned wise acting coach, and she uses the information to help me grow as an artist. I did read your reviews of Verge and Virginia Woolf, however. It is interesting that you put into words how we all felt about those two shows. Thank you for the praise and the constructive criticism.

I hope you will continue to chart our progress as a company. We will probably be undertaking the American premiere of "Anna Weiss" by Mike Cullen in the fall. It won several awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last summer. It is a very gritty drama about psychiatry and the use of recovered memory hypnosis. I saw the play performed at the fringe last summer, and it was amazing. We have been granted the rights, and it is just a matter of everyone agreeing that this risky play is right for now.

Thank you, Larry, for your kindness and support.

Lynne Moulton
Artistic Director

Subject: ART on the barracades
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 1998 17:51:06 -0400
From: Geralyn Horton

Went to see the Byrd "Minstrel Show" at ART -- as did a lot of other people, too many to fit in the Loeb. Stood in line while they decided wheter to let us in to stand: they decided against it. People then asked --well, perhaps a bit vociferously-- to be allowed to watch from outside, through the crack in the door. Denied, relented, denied again. A few people slipped in. Stge mgmt called the cops! two squad cars and 2 motorcycles!

Was mgmt imagining riots? Watts, or Columbia????


Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 23:21:34 -0500 (CDT)

any info on Hal Holbrook's Mark Twain show?

What sort of information do you need?
Last time Hal Holbrook brought the show to town, I was not invited to review, and didn't have the price of a ticket, so The Mirror has no review.
The first time I saw it was, well, centuries ago and all I really remember is knowing I had seen something exceptional, so a mere "Oh Wow!" about it probably will be of little use to you.
Contrariwise, a lot of people who know much more than I do about theater look in here regularly, and might tell you more.
However, they are a respectful lot, and usually answer more specific questions.
CAN you be more specific?

Subject: your web site
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 1998 11:17:04 -0700 (PDT)
From: Margaret Spencer
I just found it today, and it's WONDERFUL! I used to live in Boston, am hoping to return for good one of these years, have always loved going to plays and am now an actress. (Well, maybe I always WAS an actress, but now I actually have experience at it.) It's great to see so much going on there... If only Pittsburgh, where I live now, had someone with the interest and know-how to create a similar site for all the theater we have here. (There IS a fair amount, by the way.)

One question -- can you tell me what the procedure is for getting back into everyone's good graces after you have accidentally named the Scots play while in a theater? I seem to recall it means you leave the building, turn around three times, either swear or spit (possibly both), and then ask permission to return. Is that it? I was trying to explain this to a non-theater person the other day, and she was not impressed either by the ritual, the need for the ritual, or my feeble remembrance. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

Again, great job. Thanks for taking the time. Margaret R. Spencer
That does sound like the formula I've heard, but I've never seen anyone do it.
Anyone better informed?

Subject: Re: FW: FW: QP Web Site
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 1998 13:26:36 EDT
Larry - I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for what you are doing to support theater arts (or is it theatre this week... hmmmm). Theater Mirror is watched by every theater rat who owns a pc. It is one of my regular stops. Your reviews have been supportive of most all of the theater in the area. I really helps the moral of all us crazy people who risk our egos every day.

Please feel free to stop by the Abbott, anytime you see the light on. I'll see you soon ... downstairs.

Date: Tue, 7 Jul 1998 08:43:02 -0400
From: "Don Baillereon"
Nancy and Larry,
It was written for the Cole Porter musical "Jubilee." Monty Woolley, the character actor who played Sheridan Whiteside in "The Man Who Came to Dinner," was involved in the original production.
Donnie Baillargeon

Date: Sun, 05 Jul 1998 17:56:51 -0400
From: Nancy Curran Willis

Hi Larry . . .
Looking to find the name of the song, the composer and the musical the following lyrics are from . . .
"It was just one of those things . . . just one of those crazy things."
It is probably an easy question for some musical theater fan out there. Can anyone help?
Nancy Curran Willis
LARRY STARK ONLY KNOWS: That the song was written by Cole Porter.
Anyone else know what show it was originally written for?
Oh, now, let's not always see the same hands...

Subject: Ultimate Broadway
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 00:16:11 EDT

Thanks for posting my message - I have been trying to convince my company (BMG) to start advertising on sites such as yours on the web, but they are not yet convinced that this medium works - I disagree!

We are holding a record release party for this Ultimate Broadway CD on Tues. June 30 at Aria at the Wilbur Theater from 7-9 p.m. We will be serving light food and drinks and will be playing the CD. We will also be giving away some Broadway related merchandise. I would like to extend an invitation to you and a guest if you would like to come check it out.
If you are interested, you can call my office on Monday or Tuesday at (781) 794-0210 and speak with Steve. I will be out of the office on Monday, but he will have additional information and will put your name on the guest list if you would like to attend.
Thanks again for posting my message - maybe I'll be able to convince my superiors that the internet really is a worthwhile way to advertise in the future!
Katie Coogan - BMG Field Marketing
I'd be at your release-party Tuesday, but I'll be seeing a musical instead. "Annie" opens out in Beverly at the North Shore Music Theatre, where my partner Lee VanderLaan lives, and we've made shows out there into a ritual.

I do think The Theater Mirror has been a powerful advertising medium --- but not PAID advertising. The Mirror continues to cost money and continues to make back very little. Not even the modest costs of our Banner Program have excited enough paying customers to balance our budget, although every month anyone does buy a Banner is one The Mirror makes a profit.
Ye Wilbur Theatre sounds like the ideal place for your release party. I hope it's well attended, and I hope someone in the throng will see fit to send The Theater Mirror a review of the CD!
Break a leg in any case...

Subject: Drood Inquiry
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 22:08:49 -0500
From: "LaDonna Carpenter"

Hello, I have a request that may sound strange but yours was the first email address that I could find to a verifiable theater group and I'm getting desperate.
I have been recently asked to direct a community theater production of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood". I am very new to directing but eager to take on the challenge. When I was asked to do this, I immediately began to look for information on the internet about the show. I have discovered that Tams-Whitmark holds the licenses for this production but have been unable to locate a web site or phone number to contact them about royalties and script rental.
I saw your site on "Drood" and hoped that you could help. Any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
Your fellow Thespian,
L. Carpenter
I did find a Tams-Whitmark website once, but it had no e-mail address and didn't really say anything useful. If anyone else can help, Hurry!!!!!!!!

Subject: No Subject
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 23:28:57 EDT
Hi Larry -
On June 30th, Arista Records is releasing a double cd called Ultimate Broadway. It features 40 songs (all performed by the original cast members) from many great musical theater productions including Oklahoma, Cabaret, Rent, Sunset Blvd., The King and I, The Music Man, Les Mis, and many more. It is perfect for anyone who loves classic and current Broadway productions. I thought that some of your regular visitors would be interested in checking this out - it will be available in all record stores next Tuesday.
I'm not sure if you will post this because it is somewhat commercial, but I thought I would give it a shot. I am a regular visitor to your site and have found out about many auditions and shows to check out through it. You are doing a great service to the theater community in Boston - Thanks!
I don't much mind hyping commercial things. I'd prefer to have money-making people PAY for an actual banner-ad, but whenever I mention money people look blank and blurt "But, isn't the Internet a FREE medium???"
Putting this letter into the Greenroom will publicize the record without calling special attention to the fact that this is, really, a free ad.
But thanks for all the kind words! And, break a leg...

Subject: Hello.
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 20:28:31 EDT

I'm not sure if there is where I send a posting to the Green Room or not, if it's wrong, I apologize. I am just looking for a place to shop. I am in the production of A Chorus Line at T.A.M in Gardner, and it's the first community show I've done in 8 years, and I realize I need to get makeup, quickly. If someone could just give me suggestions of good places to shop for theater makeup, I'd be much obliged. Thank you.
Craig Cormier
Yeah, dis is de place alright, but I have never bought any makeup.
A lot of people reading this have, though....

Subject: "Orpheus Descending Review"
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 16:05:01 EDT

Dear Larry--
I just wanted to thank you for your kind and intelligent review of "Orpheus Descending". It's nice to see someone mention the importance of the supporting cast, as well as appreciate the little details that we have worked so hard on.
Also, this is the first time I was aware of the Theater Mirror website -- well done! I've forwarded your URL along to friends who will enjoy it too.
Thanks again for coming and being so supportive.
Roberta Gilbert ("Dolly Hamma")

Subject: Orpheus Descending
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 23:27:39 EDT

Dear Larry,
Just wanted to thank you for your kind and thoughtful review, which is much appreciated (especially in light of Bill Marx' slash and burn treatment.)
Thank you for taking interest in us, for coming to see the show, for considering your comments so carefully, and for the compliments.
Dorothy Brodesser (aka "Beulah")
A review is something like a still snapshot of a moving thing.
I see only one performance, and usually I know very little of what went on in rehearsals, and nothing about the script. Someone once asked me how I prepared to review a play, did I read the script before hand? And I said I prepare by cleaning my glasses just before the curtain goes up.
That means I understand the plot only from the actors' presentation of it --- but that's true of every other audience-member as well.
And I'm writing for Them, trying to introduce them to the total experience of the show. But I try to avoid telling them what They should think about the show. Their opinions will be theirs, and I expect people --- especially people who work in theater --- to disagree with me. I learn a lot from talking to people who do the work, and from people who have lived with a show through the rehearsal process.
The one advantage I do have over a casual theater-goer is that since the end of January I've seen 61 plays, and tried to write something sensible about most of them --- and this isn't the first year I've done this.
But that doesn't make me "right"; I always ask people who go to plays with me "Did I review the play YOU saw?" And I'm not surprised when the answer is No.
So thank You, Dorothy, for the comments about the play you shared with me privately.
I'm always eager to learn more about theater.

Subject: Been awhile!
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 22:44:20 -0400
From: David & Robin Zucker

Hi Larry;
I was preparing for a performance of my mime show at the Firehouse Theatre in Newburyport when J Tormey walks in. I hadn't seen him in over 20 years. We had a long lunch afterwards and he told me of your web site and of his article. I just read it. Makes me think longingly of the old Boston rep and of how special it was in its day. Gawd, what a long time ago all of that was. I am still very much involved with theatre. I perform mostly as a solo act in schools and festivals all over the USA as well as in the UK and even Greece! I work with the Young Audiences organization and was given their National Artist of the year award in 1996. I tour a show called, "Poetry in Motion." It combines all my loves: acting, mime, puppetry, writing and directing.

It's wonderful to hear that you are still around and on the cutting edge of technology at that! I remember you fondly and still appreciate your support and encouragement during the Boston Rep days. I live in Concord (MA) now; married with two children (Sam, 11; and Michaela, 8). Impressive web site! I've bookmarked it and anticipate many pleasureable hours browsing through it in the future.

Want a history of the Rep? Actually a very daunting task to consider now that I think of it; but would be a labor of love. It too was a unique experiment, a "Camelot" for the group of us in a way. Best of luck with your work. Come see my work sometime. Hard to find it because schools don't advertise. Still, I could send you a schedule. I do about 300 performances a year.
Very warm regards, David Zucker
Heavens, I would L O V E a history of The rep!
By all means take your time, but Please Start NOW!!!
Thinking, at least.
J's story is still a cornerstone of The Mirror; it has so much of the flavor of small company life and small company highlights and heartaches. And you're going to do a sort of "companion piece", right?
Yes, send me a schedule, and I'll bend my schedule whenever you're close enough to catch.

Subject: url info.
Date: Sat, 06 Jun 1998 21:27:42 -0800
From: Jack Stone

hello from hollywood!
add my url to your links page.
i'll do the same for you.
just send me an e-mail to confirm the listing. also send me your sights url and sight title.
jack stone
Sorry Stack (or is it Jack?) but The Theater Mirror is about THEATER --- live performances on stages (not sound-stages) before live audiences. Your site is interesting; I especially like the way you've made the titles of all your poems invisible until I've clicked on one. And your head-shots say a lot about what kind of movies you'd like to star in. But I didn't call this "The SCREEN Mirror" and we only link to sites that focus attention on the live theater in New England and elsewhere.
Good luck getting work.

Subject: Wellesley Players
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 19:26:09 EDT

Could you tell me how to get in contact with the Wellsley Players?

Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 17:34:49 EDT

Thanks for the info, but I believe I am looking for another group . . . a Wellesley theater group not affiliated with the college.
Thanks anyway though . . . I really enjoy your website!
Well, if JulieAnn Charest of NEW ENGLAND ENTERTAINMENT DIGEST can't help you, perhaps someone here in the Greenroom will.
Oh, now let's not always see the same hands...

Could you tell me how to get in contact with the Wellsley Players?

Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 07:38:11 -0700
From: Joe Moran

Dear Sir:
This may sound like a strange request, but I wondered if you could lead me to a source for the following: What do theater owners do with their old curtains? We are hoping to find someone willing to donate their old curtains to our small church in southern California... the area we need to cover is BIG! (our church is in an old warehouse) and we thought theater curtains would probably do the trick...
Thank you for your time and any direction you might provide!
God bless you and thank you for your informative website...
Ginnie Moran
Grace Awakening Ministries
E-mail: or
I think it fascinating that cloth that had a life in service to Thespis might serve another god equally well!
And I can't help noting that for some time now I've found myself whenever in churches thinking of the events there in terms of theater more than anything else.
But I am a strange old man.
All I can do is toss this into the Greenroom ans see what develops.

Subject: review
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 1998 23:17:58 -0400
From: "Stanley Wertheim"

Hi Larry: Did you review Raquel Welch in The Millionairess playing at the Orpheum in Foxboro? Thanks. Stan Wertheim
Foxborough is quite a hike for someone without a car, and I've been pretty busy as it is! But I always regret missing a show, whether it has name-stars or not.

Subject: show
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 1998 23:35:08 +0200
From: "A.K"

Hi maby you are intrest of a swedich elvis show or maby can tell if you now somone some can be thanks for you help
Anders Karlstedt
Thanks for the offer, but I pegged Elvis as an irrelevant passing fad when I first heard about him in high school, and my opinion has never wavered. But I'll put this into The GREENROOM so those of a different opinion can contact you directly.

Subject: Re: Seascape with Sharks and Dancer
Date: Sun, 31 May 1998 17:35:56 -0400
From: (Karin L. Weimers)

Thank you so much for your kind words, both in your review and your e-mail message. We greatly appreciate your generous observations and insights. They have certainly encouraged all of us to do more in the future!
Our whole company was sad to see the show close last night. We will certainly keep you informed of any future productions. I am off to the ART Institute this summer to get a two-year MFA, but the other three members are making plans for the immediate future.
Thank you again.
Bill Church
The Baobab Theatre Company
In my opinion, a reviewer's job is finding good theater and encouraging the people who make it to make more!
So break a leg all..

Subject: West Side Story
Date: Sat, 30 May 1998 08:32:43 -0400
From: CCG

'Thank You' for the great review of WSS.
To see your kind remarks in print after a grueling 3 1/2 month rehearsal schedule is what it's all about to this humble cast member. I believe you hit the nail on the head with your review, despite your disclaimer.
From the entire cast and crew, THANK YOU !
Norm Hassinger (Lt. Shrank)
I see by the program that this is your first show in Rhode Island, after doing a lot of work around Hartford. You certainly picked a winner for your Pawtucket debut!
One thing you must remember is that, as a reviewer, I always hope to be surprised. EVERYONE surprised me in this production of "West Side Story" so it was easy to "say the sooth"!
Break a leg all...

Thu May 28 22:08:23 1998
Subject: Elliot Norton Awards Ticket Info

For those ho were wondering how to get tickets for this event...I found out the following:

Call Laurie at 617-542-9155

Tickets are $30 through tomorrow, Friday May 29th
after tomorrow they go up to $40! CALL NOW!
Mail check to: Elliot Norton Awards,c/o Chamber Theatre,
2 Park Plaza Suite 305,
Boston, MA 02116
Include your name, adress, and phone number.
You can reserve a table with a party of 10!
That's all the info I got!

I'd love to see Mr. Norton again, but can't afford it.
Nonetheless, there must be lots of people reading The Mirror regularly who will want to attend.
Thanks for telling them how!

Subject: Reese's Web site
Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 10:27:26 -0400
From: (Sheri Ziccardi)

I just read your review about Reese Snow's Web site...and I agree. I was in A Chorus Line with him in 1996 and stumbled upon his site a few weeks ago. Needless to say, I was impressed. Good stuff. Thanks for all your work helping us promote our shows. Keep up the good work.

Well, I'm glad to know people actually read my column in NEW ENGLAND ENTERTAINMENT DIGEST!

Subject: L.A. Comedy Looking for East Coast Home
Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 15:42:32 -0700
From: Tom Donahoe

To whom it may concern:
My name is Tom Donahoe. I'm a playwright. My play OPEN HOUSE opened on March 29th at the American Renegade Theatre Company (ARTC) in Los Angeles. It has been extended to run through July 3rd.
OPEN HOUSE has received critical acclaim from Dramalogue, and recently was named Critics Recommendation by the L.A. Weekly. The Los Angeles Times review appears this Thursday (6/28).
A two-act comedy, OPEN HOUSE is a Noel Coward-style comedy about two elderly sisters who are convinced by a nere-do-well son that they must sell their beautiful Victorian home to pay back taxes. Once they deal with the heartbreak of losing their family home, they discover the joys of "entertaining company" when they open their home to an outrageous assortment of potential buyers.
Although I did not write it as a British comedy, one London stage director called OPEN HOUSE "...the funniest British play written by an American I've ever seen."
OPEN HOUSE was written as a prequel to a sitcom, and has received interest from the television industry.
Audiences love it, playing to full and nearly full houses each night. I invite you to call David Cox, the artistic director at ARTC at 818/763-4430, or you can reach me at 818/752-5690. I'll be happy to send you copies of the reviews, and of course, the play.
I look forward to your response.
All the best,
Tom Donahoe

I don't produce plays, but some people who look into The Theater Mirror do.
I'll put your letter in the Greenroom, and I've also made it a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT.
Break a leg!

Subject: Last Gardening at Night of the Season
Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 20:28:25 -0400
From: (Gardening at Night)

Gardening at Night will be shutting down for the summer. May 31 will be our last meeting of this season. We hope to see you all there. Otherwise, see ya in September.
Jenny & the GAN gang

Subject: Glengarry Review
Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 22:45:20 EDT
From: Biz89

Dear Larry, Thank you sooooo much for your kind words about our production, AND for your incredible insight on just what makes these guys "tick". As you said, it is the thrill of "The Game" that drives them!!! And you caught that immediately. They're all great guys and if I'm blessed with casts like this down the road I may give up performing altogether and stay with directing! more thing, I thought I'd let you know that my new One Act play, "Sunday Visitors" will be performed at Brandeis on Thursday, May 28th and also at the Playwright's Platform Festival on Friday, June 5th and Thursday, June 11th at the Mass College Of Art. There are many Hovey performers in the cast. Thanks a lot, and my mother really enjoyed her conversation with you! - Jerry Bisantz

Subject: Curtain call on bows???
Date: Mon, 18 May 1998 20:09:37 -0400
From: "edruss"

Having read Nancy's comments, and those from Roseann, I must say that I pretty much always believed that the curtain call served very distinct purposes -- to allow the audience to show their appreciation of the show and more specifically, the actors.
I have always stressed (perhaps those who have worked with me might say that "stressed" is too tame a description) that during the curtain call, it is the ACTOR who comes out and takes abow, not the character. The character should be safely "tucked away" somewhere having completed his/her journey for the night, and the actor should set about getting his accolades for a job well done (we hope).
Yes, I know, even I frequently pair up certain actors that "played opposite" each other, but that is merely to allow the audience a better chance at recognising the actors (as well as being courteous by escorting an actress to center stage). I may even allow an actor to wear a specific costume to further "jog" an audience's memory as to an actor's noteworthy moment in the preceding entertainment. But that doesn't mean that the character is taking the bow.
Another reason for the curtain call is to be the "bridge" back to reality (from where "we are merely players..." to "where are my car keys?"). This allows the audience a chance to come back from wherever they have been transported to for a few hours, back to the house of the theater (or is that theatre?) to regain their composure, say thank you to the nice actor-people and begin the long trek home.
For those shows where it is felt to be "inappropriate" to jump up and down and be all "happy-happy-joy-joy" after the final moments of the play, having all the actors standing in a tableau or in a line across the front when the lights come up is fine ... as long as they bow or at least acknowledge the audience in some way.
Basically I would remind these directors and producers to remember that the play ended just before the curtain call, not after it.
just my .02
Those comments are from Russell Greene, one of my favorite directors in this area.
The break with the "virtual reality" of the play into the reality of the car-keys is really an important concept. I'm glad people with more expertise than I possess are thinking about it.
I'll be thinking about it from now on. ===Anon.

Subject: change of e-mail address
Date: Mon, 18 May 1998 00:34:33 -0400
From: E Noonan

Hello everyone.
Please note that as of 00:00 hours Sunday morning, I no longer work for Digital. Please update your address books with my new e-mail address of
I now work for Intel. )*8

Subject: Bow?, Wow!
Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 22:54:55 -0400
From: aseltine

Dear Larry,
I'm still alive and working almost every minute on 3 productions at once. Still getting a peek at the MIRROR now and then for refreshment.
Nancy Curran Willis's question about the bows was interesting.
I like to do quick but elaborate curtain calls at the end of comedies and murder mysteries--having people enter in interesting ways, playlets, tableaux, etc. For the classics, esp. Wilde and Sheridan, a dancing curtain call can be fun.
But there are some shows, especially dramas, that just don't feel right for the line-up-and-bow ending. In Brendan Behan's THE HOSTAGE, the protagonist is killed at the end. For our curtain call we all stood in tableau while he got up and walked around the stage looking at each of us briefly; this was with an eerie light and the penny whistle theme playing. Meanwhile,I could be very still except for the tears running down my face and every night the audience would be crying too. Not terribly cheery, but very cathartic.
I once saw Jessica Tandy change the whole meaning of THE GIN GAME at the end. She stood there with E.G. Marshall for a moment and then made him sit back down for another game; it was VERY satisfying!
Like surprisingly many actors, I don't really enjoy curtain calls very much. I always feel a bit awkward and exposed during them. Friends have told me they have seen my lips moving, "Get 'em down, get 'em down, get the damn lights down!" and "Lets get out of here, please!" Having sat through many, many too-long curtain calls, I am always in dread that people are standing up because their bottoms are tired.
Basically I think she should loosen up a bit and try to enjoy the different approaches.
Think lovely thoughts about my little Guys & Dolls the weekend of the 29/30th.
Love, Rosann [ Hickey ]

Subject: Re[2]: To Kill A Mockingbird review
Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 11:43:31 -0400
From: (David Berti)

Thank you for sending along Beverly's review. Donnie and I will certainly keep you posted on our upcoming projects. For the near future, they mostly include our house and lawn!

You know, I could never have attempted this production as my second directing effort without Donnie as my producer. The set, the cast and crew were the direct results of his constant phone calling and e-mailing any and all prospects. Finding African-American actors for the auditions -- just for one example -- involved dozens of phone calls and following-up by Donnie. As an actor, I often used to wonder what producers do. After having Donnie as my producer on two shows, I know that the GOOD ones do EVERYTHING!
Take care,
Yes, Producers are the unsung, misunderstood, ill-defined yet indispensible components of any theatrical stew. Any schoolboy will tell you that playwrights write, actors act, directors direct, and producers... handle money and lawyers mostly, don't they?
I was intrigued when, out at The New Rep, Rick Lombardo became not simply Artistic Director by "Producing Artistic Director" and Adam Zahler the "Assistant to The Producing Artistic Director". I sometimes think of Adam, who is the one who calls to remind me when press-night will be, as "The Lord High Everythingelse" and I confess that's how I've always thought the job of "Producer" gets defined. WHATEVER is necessary to get everything finished on-time and correctly. And Donald Baillargeon obviously follows up every detail, including upon occasion ferrying fat old critics with canes from and to MBTA stations.
Producers are the glue holding everyone together and the oil allowing them to mesh smoothly. I don't understand the job-description either, but their efforts are tremendous and indispensible.

Subject: To Kill A Mockingbird review
Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 14:34:43 -0400
From: (David Berti)

Mr. Stark,

In your review of the current Vokes Players' production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, which I directed, you say that I made the decision to avoid dressing the lynch mob (in the jailhouse scene) in white KKK robes and hoods.
I'm afraid this isn't quite accurate.

In Harper Lee's novel (upon which the play is based)-- Ms. Lee's young narrator, Scout Finch, describes the lynch mob as dressed "in overalls and denim shirts buttoned up to the collars.....some wore hats pulled firmly down over their ears." Scout goes on to tell us that she sought for a familiar face in the crowd and finally found one in farmer Walter Cunningham. There is no mention of white robes or hoods. We dressed our actors as Scout described them in the novel. I cannot take credit for Ms. Lee's wise decision.
David Berti

I have put your letter in as an addendum to my review. The internet allows you to respond directly and immediately to any errors in a review, and I'm glad to have the record set straight. Love,

Subject: Need your help
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 17:28:18 EDT
From: Beanmatt

My name is Matthew Thomas and I am a memer of the Robert E. Lee High School drama department. I found on your page that The Mirror Theater has done THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD in the past. If you could please send me information on where to get the script and rights for that show, it would be greatly appriciated. Thank you for your kind assistance.
Matthew Thomas
Matthew, The Theater Mirror is a WEBSITE and NOT a theatere company.
I REVIEWED a production of DROOD at The Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain. Their website is:
Their e-mail addresses are:

If you haven't you might contact the local agent for French's Acting Editions, which is Baker's Plays, at or Tams Whitmark, at Tams-Witmark
560 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
At least, that's where I'd start.
Check back if you get nowhere with that information, and I'll go farther.
( a k a larry stark )

Subject: Help!
Date: Sun, 10 May 98 17:46:33 PDT
From: "Jack Dyville"

Our communiyt theatre is looking for the roaylty rights to "OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR!" We have emailed just about everyone we can think of and CANNOT find the righs to this show. So we are just going through the search now of theatre groups and critiscs etc. If you have any word on the rights to this show, please email me. Thanks Best always, Jack Dyville!!!

You've tried BAKER'S PLAYS, who handle French's, and Tams-Whitmark, obviously, but that exhausts my expertise.
If anyone else can suggest possibilities, please do! Love,
( a k a Anon. )

Subject: theater vs. theatre
Date: Sat, 9 May 1998 15:19:15 EDT
From: Demersp

I was under the impression that it was the other way around. Theatre is an artform that is performed in theaters. What is your source? Just linguistically curious.
P. Demers

No, you are wrong!
I don't mean about which spelling has which meaning; I mean you are wrong --- just as I have been wrong all these years --- in believing there IS any difference in meanings.


Joe Hanlon, who taught me everything I know about writing reviews (he created BOSTON AFTER DARK), thought there was a difference, and since I took everything Joe told me as Gospel Truth I cited him as my source and never looked it up.
Just last year when J.D. from PROSCENiUM called me on it, I marched resolutely down to the BPL to prove I was right --- and proved that I'd been wrong all these past thirty-five years!
What is true is that dring some centuries the word was spelt, consistently, one way, and in some centuries the other. And theatres that had been built in one age spelt it one way, companies that were founded in other centuries spelt it the other. And since theatrical people, especially in England, have a fondness for history, they dragged their original spellings from one century to another.
I have followed form, and dragged my spurious definition after me from BOSTON AFTER DARK to TIME OUT and now to THE THEATER MIRROR, for much the same reason I refer to "Ye Wilbur Theatre" because that's what it says on the outside of that building. And it's quaint! Love,

Subject: Curtain Calls
Date: Sat, 09 May 1998 13:33:02 -0400
From: Nancy Curran Willis

I have now seen two community theater productions in the last week both one in Winchester and one in Burlington where the actors took curtain calls without bowing to the audience. The first time I saw it, the cast came out for the curtain call and stood there. We clapped and waited for them to bow. They continued to stand then the lights went down and they exited. The next production the lights come up for curtain call and the cast is seated around the set tableau style and we clap. Then we wait for them to take a bow while continuing to clap. Then they leave the stage as the lights fade.

Is this a new fad in theater I'm not aware of? I have to admit both times as an audience member, I felt cheated. I guess I thought that somehow the actors bowing to the audience was a symbol of respect and gratitude to the audience for allowing them to perform for us. I'm sure the directors didn't mean to put anyone off but I couldn't help feeling that way. What do your readers think? Maybe I'm just overreacting but the coincidence in seeing that choice in two productions by different groups, directors and very different shows made me feel the need to ask what was going on? I'd appreciate any feedback you have.
Nancy Curran Willis

Subject: Question
Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 22:45:45 EDT
From: ChipJ172

I was wondering if you knew if the show Forever Plaid was coming to Boston, or the surronding area anytime soon. If it is could you please tell me where, or give me a web address or phone number so I can get in contact with someone.
Thanks for the help.
P.S.- You have a very nice, flashy page

"Forever Plaid" is listed both in COMING ATTRACTIONS and UP & RUNNING.
Sorry you missed it. Love,

Subject: Seascape with Sharks and Dancer
Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 20:58:28 -0400
From: (Karin L. Weimers)

Hello Larry Stark!
I have admired your web site since moving to Boston, and am now proud to invite you to a production. My company is called the Baobab Theatre Company, named after the tree which serves as a shade tree during hot seasons, providing a place for people to meet and share stories, which we feel is what theater is all about.
For our first production, we have selected Don Nigro's Seascape with Sharks and Dancer. It will be playing at The Actors Workshop, 40 Boylston Street, Boston, on May 22, 23, 29 and 30. All performances will begin at 8:00. If you are able to attend please call me so that I may reserve you a seat. The company number is (617) 666-4329.
Thank you.
Bill Church
Artistic Director
The Baobab Theatre Company

How wonderful!
I saw that title in our listings last summer, and immediately wanted to see it --- but it was somewhere in Connecticut, and I don't drive.
So I'll certainly be there on the 22th to see what kind of play would be called "Seascape with Sharks and Dancer"!
And thank you for the imvitation.

Subject: TheatreZone web site
Date: Tue, 5 May 1998 22:23:52 EDT
From: DanielleFJ

Wanted to let you know that TheatreZone has a web site:

Hope you can add us to your list.
Best wishes,

We can, and I did. Take a look!

Subject: Arsenic and old lace
Date: Mon, 04 May 1998 00:02:09 PDT
From: "Kayne M. Dewhurst"

Hi Mr. Stark,
My name is Kayne M. Dewhurst and I'm a young actor/writer in Australia. I am currently in a production of Arsenic and old lace in which I play the role of Dr. Einstein (I was going to audition for the role of Jonathan but decided I was a little too short. Which is Ironic because the person who got the role is very short.) I was hoping that you might be able to send me some information on the play, I would be immensly grateful.
Thanking you in advance,
Kayne M. Dewhurst

Subject: Chicago
Date: Mon, 04 May 1998 00:03:43 -0400
From: Don Gillis

Just came back from PPAC . " Chicago" was a great show, but it did not have the same cast that you saw in the Boston roadshow in February. Great choreography, story was super, and the music upbeat and lively as ever. I was disappointed with the costumes(they were all BLACK),,I know its a dark show,,but jeezzzz , a little red or bright colors would have been nice. The other thing I did not like was the lighting design. And having to stare at the orchestra on stage all evening was distracting.. Other than that, it was worth the 38.50 for seats in about the 17th row audience left. Next on the PPAC schedule is RENT, June 10th.

Subject: Can you help me?
Date: Sun, 03 May 1998 00:29:59 -0700
From: Chantal Liu

Hi, Larry. My name is Chantal and I'm from Northwestern University. I'm writing a story for the Daily Northwestern and would like to find out more about John Logan of Evanston, who won an outstanding drama award of the off-Broadway season for the Outer Critics Circle awards this year. Would you happen to have information about this or how to contact anyone involved? I would very much appreciate your help.

Chantal Liu
Chantal Y. Liu
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. USA

Subject: Twelfth Night
Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 10:10:46 EDT
From: Calmark1

Love your website! We were just wondering if anyone would be able to review the Natick Ensemble Theater's Twelfth Night for it. We have three more shows, Friday and Saturday night at 8 and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Natick Center for the Performing Arts, 30 Main Street. This is a very interesting space and as this is NET's first production ever, we would really appreciate a review. Thanks,
Mark (Sir Andrew)

I'll be at "Macbeth" at North Shore tonight, at "Pictures at an Exhibition" at the BCA tomorrow, and at "The Hopeless Romantic" Sunday afternoon.
One important thing you should know, though, is that I don't have a car. I can get from the Manchester railroad station to and from the North Shore Music Theatre only because Lee lives in Essex and he Does have a car. In fact, the producer of "The Hopeless Romantic" will pick me up at an Orange Line stop Sunday, and the stage manager at Turtle Lane Playhouse will pick me up at the Riverside MBTA-stop, or I couldn't see those shows at all.
HOWEVER, anyone in your audience could write a review and send it to The Mirror, and I'll put it up. I suggest you announce that fact before each performance, when you might be welcoming people and talking about cameras and smoking and et cetera.
I don't even "send" Beverly Creasy to things; she sends me what reviews are not used by her several newspaper editors. And I'd love to see new reviewers sending stuff to The Mirror.
Break a leg all...

Subject: Your Web Site
Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 13:57:54 +0100
From: "Philip Vian"

I really enjoyed your site!
My wife and I are coming to Boston (from the UK) late June.
We would like to go to a theater on the evening of Monday 30 June.
We will be staying at the Raddisson Hotel (which I am told is near Theater Land).
Do you have a list of what will be on and where?
I am sorry to trouble you but I hope you can help.
Enjoy your weekend
Philip Vian
Please reply to:

LARRY STARK IS SURPRISED: Well, I looked through the COMING ATTRACTIONS [ ] for all of June, and there aren't any shows listed So Far for any of the "Theater District" playhouses.
That may change tomorrow, so I suggest you keep your eye on that section of The Mirror.
What will be up and running in the area, I'm willing to bet, are the two shows at The Charles Playhouse (Blue Man Group's "Tubes" and "Shear Madness"), and "Joey & Maria's Italian Wedding" in the cellar of Ye Wilbur Theatre. They are Boston's "Mousetrap" shows, that seem slated never to close.
A short walk up from The Raddisson is the Boston Center for The Arts, with three smaller theater-spaces that are almost always active. They won't be big West-End style shows, but often they're more exciting --- more like a fringe show or a theater-club. And there are lots of smaller theatres scattered around the area that are worth attention.
I'll know more, though, later in June.
If you're really still undecided on 29 June, call me at 1(617)524-1768 and I'll see what has turned up.
( a k a larry stark )

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