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re: My review of the new Off Broadway musical JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE by David Byrne at the Public
Posted by: jwgnewyork 02:31 pm EDT 03/16/17
In reply to: re: My review of the new Off Broadway musical JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE by David Byrne at the Public - WaymanWong 12:52 am EDT 03/16/17

I have a real objection to the both the idea of an empty-headed support for a "world-class" artist and to the idea that :"lighting can strike twice". In a city where the playing field is not even close to being level for creative artists outside of the elite few who receive consistent support from institutions, responsibility to the sources of funding should be taken more seriously. In New York, that is in some degree all of us since many of these institutions receive our tax money to fund their organizations and were, in part, created in response to the needs of the community. A good artistic director should be able to read a script and ascertain whether or not something is ready for production or needs more thought and time for development. I recently saw "The Light Years" at Playwright's Horizons and that was clearly a play that, despite its coddling reviews, was not ready for a major investment and a full production. It seems like "Joan of Arc" is a worthy idea that was also not ready for the full investment of time and money that the Public has given it. If Mr. Byrne is not ready to hear that and if Mr. Eustis is not strong enough to enforce an artistic discipline, than neither of them deserve the positions they have. I would have rather seen a younger creative artist be given the chance to fail than see a established artists who should know better waste resources that would have been better spent elsewhere.
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