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  • CHASING AFTER YOUTH: As arts groups chase after the youth audience, Theatre Communications Group director Ben Cameron suggests theater needs to reinvent the linear narrative. Chicago Tribune 10/31/99

  • THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN THEATER: Earlier this month playwrights John Guare, Terrence McNally, Lanford Wilson, Paula Vogel, Jon Robin Baitz, Wendy Kesselman, August Wilson, A.R Gurney and Christopher Durang got together to talk about the biz. New York Times 10/31/99 (registration required for access)

  • SHUFFLING THEATERS: "Ragtime," "Pimpernel" (maybe) to close on Broadway. Theater notes. New York Times 10/29/99 (registration required for access)

  • END OF AN ERA: After ten years, "Phantom" closes in Toronto. Lavish musical signaled the boom in Toronto theater - now the waning interest in mega-musicals and in Toronto's theater scene. Toronto Globe and Mail. 10/28/99 

  • NOT JUST ANOTHER MURDER: An artist lies face down in a pool of blood in a store window in downtown San Antonio. Passers by on the street can talk to the attending detective, reporter, prosecutor or defense attorney - all part of this sordid theater performance. San Antonio Express News 10/28/99 

  • INNOVATION AND DRAMA in England's new 30 million Milton Keynes theater. "It's a stunner." London Times 10/27/99

  • TICKET SALES FOR BROADWAY'S "RAGTIME" have dived in recent weeks. Owners contemplate closing the show. Toronto Globe and Mail 10/26/99

  • TATTOOED LADIES TO PUPPETS: British Festival of Visual Theatre celebrates ten years. London Times 10/26/99

  • "IMPROBABLE" international theater festival gets under way in San Antonio. San Antonio Express News 10/25/99

  • MOST PERFORMED: A list of the most-performed plays in America in the 1999/2000 season. Chicago Tribune 10/17/99

  • "LION KING" opens in London to raves. BBC 10/21/99

  • BROADWAY AS NFL? Credit card company Visa signs a deal to market Broadway theater across the US. The theater industry is looking to broaden its audience. We'll promote it just as we do our sports portfolio, says a Visa exec. Backstage 10/21/99

  • PRAIRIE THEATRE EXCHANGE: Minnesota's Twin Cities have seen an explosion of theater in the past few years. Collaboration is the key, says one director. Christian Science Monitor 10/18/99

  • NO ROOM AT THE INN: Even after spending $1 billion on new arts facilities in the past decade, Seattle still has a theater housing crisis. Theaters are clamoring for performing space. 
    Seattle Times 10/13/99

  • EVERYONE KNOWS DIRECTORS can screw up great plays. Or make them better. The London Times talks to five great writer/director teams and asks what makes them work. London Times 10/13/99

  • MORE POPULAR THAN SHAKESPEARE?: Alan Ayckbourn's 53rd play opens in the West End next week, his 55th goes to the National next year and his 56th is underway. Only Shakespeare is performed more often. London Telegraph 10/8/99

  • COLOR BIND: Why is there no black-run theater company in the nation's capital? Washington Post 10/3/99