Brighton Beyotching

Photo of Brooklyn Bridge by Berenice Abbott

The recent sudden closing of the Broadway revival of Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs (after just one week of performances) and the cancellation of its companion piece Broadway Bound (before it opened) caused a lot of consternation and debate in the press and the theater blogosphere. Some blamed the crash and burn on a lack of television stars, some on unappreciative audiences (though others disagree), and some on just plain old bad producing.

The Playgoer blog evaluates the arguments. Playgoer’s conclusion:

Memo to serious drama: Abandon Broadway before it abandons you.


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