In more than a few ways, producing live theater is akin to staging a military campaign, involving rapidly changing logistical considerations of time and personnel and never enough money. Generals must marshal their limited resources, placing assets where they will be the most effective. That also is the way it is with theaters, for good or ill. Some companies opt to spend their shekels on sets and costumes but forgo extra rehearsals. Others pay more attention to the décor of their restrooms than the effectiveness of their performances. But ultimately the test of a stage production is not the quality of the playbill print job or valet parking but the ephemeral transaction between actor and audience. That doesn't necessarily require a lot of money, but it does demand effort and imagination. A textbook case in point is Mad Cat... More >>>