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Steven Oxman has contributed to such publications as the Los Angeles Times, American Theatre, Stagebill, and, most frequently, Variety, for which he has written over 300 television and theatre reviews.

Monday, November 15, 2004

"Gem" Watch II

I've been traveling a lot lately, but have been trying to keep an eye out for news on "Gem of the Ocean," the August Wilson play that's in deep financial trouble before it's even opened. There was a real dearth of news, as producers scrambled for cash. They seem to have found some from Carole Shorenstein Hays in San Francisco. Story is here.

Before the apparent, daring rescue effort of Ms. Hays, Robert Hofler in Variety noted the following:

"Meanwhile, the Nov. 11 preem for 'Gem of the Ocean' came and went with no new August Wilson play on Broadway. While some proclaimed it the end of the straight play on Broadway, it actually looks more like the end of producing as a charitable activity."

More and more, it seems, how this drama plays out (double-entendre intended!) will have serious ripple effects.