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Wednesday, May 11, 2011


You often will hear New York theater types –
meaning producers, managers, actors, and especially
playwrights -- bemoan the British presence on
Broadway. The complaint is seldom regarding the
quality of the presentations. More often, it is a general
lamentation that goes something like this: How are our
playwrights or directors or whoever supposed to develop if
we allow the Brits to dominate our stage? It’s a disgrace.
This never would have happened back in the golden era of

Well, I am here to tell you that as long as the
commercial theater has existed in this country, it was
dominated by British imports, and I am not talking
only about Shakespeare.