Mixmaster, can you really blame me for being biased? This story is a little hard to swallow. I'd have to plug my nose, close my eyes, and chase it down with a bottle of vodka.
I have been a resident of the city of Youngstown for a long time. And I have some very fond memories of the Youngstown Playhouse. Its current state makes me very sad. Sad and angry. Someone (or, more accurately, several someones) truly dropped the ball. The question at hand, is should we buy them a new one?
I say no. I am very much against sinking more money into a building/organization that is falling apart DESPITE a 2 million dollar renovation that supposedly took place a few years ago. This is an organization that people are accusing of tax fraud, among other things. So I think my feelings and questions are warranted. I am not posting "just to be irritating." I want answers. No one is offering them.
I keep reading that the Youngstown Playhouse needs at least a million dollars to get back on its feet. A MILLION DOLLARS. We live in Youngstown, Ohio, people. There is certainly no shortage of nonprofit organizations that need and DESERVE funding.
People keep writing about how bad the neighborhood surrounding the Playhouse is. Fine. Invest a couple million into the neighborhood. Spend it on after school programming to keep kids off the streets. Spend it on scholarships for inner city school children. Demolish some of the abandoned buildings, and renovate the ones that can be saved. Hire more policemen. Don't invest the money into an organization that clearly mismanages funds, has little to no accountability, and besides that, caters primarily to privileged out of towners.
January 19, 2009 at 11:25 p.m.
"the grandeur or opulence traditionally associated with the Playhouse" Seriously? Are we talking about the same place??? I'm not even gonna touch that. I think anyone who has ever BEEN to the Youngstown Playhouse knows exactly why I just snarfed Pepsi Max all over my computer screen.
I'll BET my "schtick" is irritating to you. You are probably involved with the ridiculous farce we lovingly call the Youngstown Playhouse and you probably don't want me asking questions you don't want answered.
You can't blame people for wanting to know what's going on. I, like many local theater patrons, I'm sure, feel as though I have been misled. I want to know what the deal is and people in places of power are not telling the truth, or at the very least, are skating around it. Say what you want about snide remarks, but a lot of very good questions have been raised on this message board by myself and others, questions that are not being answered.
Nice "kids on the bus" metaphor by the way. Creative. I just hope the Youngstown Playhouse board isn't driving. The oil probably hasn't been changed in like a hundred years.
January 19, 2009 at 4:34 a.m.
This entire situation WREAKS of corruption. If I was on the playhouse board, I wouldn't talk either. I'd be too embarrassed and ashamed. I'd move.
January 17, 2009 at 12:47 a.m.
Wow. That sounds like the corniest, cheesiest thing EVER. I totally wanna see it.
January 15, 2009 at 2:37 a.m.
I think I need to ask the question that is on everyone's mind: Is there REALLY someone named Buck Turgidson???
January 15, 2009 at 2:35 a.m.
"The playhouse's performances have actually been the best in ages."
Ages? Really? Dr. Goo, what are you basing this information on? You can't be older than 25.
I am sure you are too young to remember, but the playhouse actually did some amazing stuff in the 70s, 80s, and early 90s. Off the top of my head, I've seen performances of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fiddler on the Roof, Evita, and Jesus Christ Superstar at the Youngstown Playhouse that put anything done there within the last ten years to SHAME.
January 12, 2009 at 4:34 p.m.
"It is true that Playhouse subscriptions increased under Bentley Lenhoff's return - but unfortunately, the quality of the productions (with often the same people in leading roles) did not inspire the continued financial commitment from patrons"
I could not have said it better myself.
January 12, 2009 at 2:25 p.m.
Yep, still laughing.
January 12, 2009 at 8:58 a.m.
Aeparish, I am laughing so hard that I am in pain.
January 12, 2009 at 7:43 a.m.
Backstagediva, I wish everyone at the Youngstown Playhouse had your heart and dedication. If that were the case, it would not be in the sorry state it is today. I really think you get what theater is supposed to be about. It is unfortunate that the good will efforts of you and a few others from that organization are eclipsed by the bloated heads of self proclaimed theater gods like John Holt, Dave Elhatton, and Mike Moritz.
Our local arts community needs more people like Joyce Jones, Jimmy Lybarger, and Pat Fagan. People who understand that a great performance is not about pretension and that theater is not a pissing contest.
One more thing. Can I just say, I wasn't prepared to read about Bentley Lenhoff's FISTULA first thing in the morning??? Ugh, I need some coffee.
January 12, 2009 at 4:42 a.m.