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re: Karen Olivo Interview in American Theatre
Posted by: AC126748 09:29 am EDT 04/18/21
In reply to: re: Karen Olivo Interview in American Theatre - lordofspeech 09:10 am EDT 04/18/21

I think it's a valuable and often trenchant interview. At the same time, there are elements that jumped out at me for their misguidedness. Her statement about AEA is bonkers. There's a difference between necessary and pointed criticism of an institution and burning something to the ground without offering a concrete alternative. I'm glad the interviewer pushed back on that point.

Also, this: "Truly, the gatekeepers of Broadway are three entities, and they’re real estate moguls. You know, gentrification has a lot to do with the Broadway model; we’ve pushed people out of the places they live so we can have more things for Broadway and for the tourists that we fly in."

Followed almost immediately by this: You know, I woke up really early this morning and I was like, “Everyone says Detroit right now has real estate and it’s cheap—what would it cost to go and buy a theatre in Detroit and start trying to make the art we wanted to first of all?”

Does she not see the contradictory irony in these two statements??
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