Theater critic Don Shirley likes to peruse the new CTG seasons when they are announced and gauge how well the material fits the company's pledge to tell stories "inspired on our own streets” and through “collaboration with other Los Angeles theatres and ensembles.” Only this time, Shirley says that principle has gone missing from the CTG website. From LA Stage Times:
With new seasons announced at all three of CTG’s venues, it’s crystal clear that CTG programming continues to blatantly contradict the message that used to be conveyed on the CTG website about the company’s intent to “reflect…our own community” and tell “stories inspired on our own streets.” So apparently someone at CTG figured those words might just as well exit the CTG website.
Let’s look at those seasons.
The majority of the just-announced 2013 season at CTG’s flagship, the Mark Taper Forum, consists of three plays set in the British/Irish isles — two by British writers (Nina Raine’s 2010 "Tribes" and a revival of the 1967 Joe Orton comedy "What the Butler Saw"), plus "The Steward of Christendom," a 1995 play by Sebastian Barry, set in Ireland in the 1930s and earlier.
Of the other two 2012-13 Taper plays, the Chicago-born and Chicago-premiered "A Parallellogram" apparently takes place in a time-traveling but not-especially-distinct American location, while the revival of August Wilson’s "Joe Turner’s Come and Gone" is set in Pittsburgh more than a century ago...
More at LA Stage Times.
Photo from "Tribes" in New York by Gregory Costanzo