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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.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

A Personal Update

Y'know, I really gotta stop thinking about my blog entries and just DO 'em.

I really wanted above all to respond to Isaac Butler's comments on theatre criticism, particularly with a long, thoughtful, undoubtedly insightful discussion of the impact of celebrity actors on an audience. Said entry remains firmly implanted in the recesses of my cerebellum, and perhaps someday will manifest itself.

So no blogs in 5 weeks. Which means, of course, that nothing has happened in that time. Well, let me see.... Ah, yes. we've moved. 2,300 miles and 107 boxes packed and (not yet) unpacked later, my partner Jason and I have left Philadelphia and are re-entrenching ourselves in Los Angeles.

So, of course, I've also been thinking, and thinking, and thinking, about a blog on Michael Ritchie's decision to ditch the institutionalized new play development processes and minority-oriented workshops that were part of Gordon Davidson's tenure at Center Theatre Group here. For background, first read my earlier blog here, then check out Steven Leigh Morris from the LA Weekly. Gotta at least give Ritchie credit for taking charge and not hesitating and what was obviously going to be a wildly controversial move.

Finally, I want to let all know about my new critical home. Rather than returning to Daily Variety here in L.A., I've been offered and accepted an opportunity to freelance regularly for the Los Angeles Times.

So while I haven't been blogging, I haven't been idle. Two reviews so far, a couple more coming in the next week. I'll link to 'em when I think there's something really worthwhile, although sadly the Times is a subscription website.

I did see "Stuff Happens" last night at the Taper, for "fun." That's the David Hare play about Bush, Blair and the march to war in Iraq. Had the highest of hopes -- dashed dammit! Terribly disappointing. Cartoonish, undramatic, uninteresting.