If the title of Broom Street Theatre's latest production "Just Sit Right Back and You'll Hear a Tale" starts you humming about a tiny ship and a three-hour tour, raise your remote proudly: You are a true American.
It was the best of times, it was the suckiest of times. With American theater these days it's hard to really tell. Broadway is booming. Audiences have flocked to the Pulitzer Prize-winning, 3½-hour "August: Osage County", which has renewed many a cynic's faith in the oldest (arts) profession. Chicago, the incubator of Tracy Letts' play (it's a Steppenwolf Theatre production), is hosting big musicals for three-year runs, and many are proclaiming that our Midwestern neighbor is the true center of the American stage.
Saying you feel like you have attention deficit disorder has become one of those clichés of modern life. Sure, we all feel pushed, pulled and distracted by the demands of jobs, families and life in general - but what if you really are an adult coping with attention deficit disorder?
It's always difficult, Callen Harty says. When a leader steps down, a void is created. Finding a replacement who makes a good fit for that empty space presents a challenge. Since submitting his resignation to Broom Street Theater's board of directors in late April, however, Harty has come to recognize the opportunities presented by his decision to step down as artistic director -- prospects that counterbalance the uncertainty introduced by his departure.