Terry Teachout, theater critic for the Wall Street Journal among other roles/publications, discusses the enjoyment he finds in small, non-Broadway theater.
Since moving back to the town I grew up in, I’ve gotten involved in our terrific community theater, the Butler Little Theatre. (Shameless plug: My sister Katy Wayne is starring in the next production, Proof, which runs March 19-21 and 23-27.) I’m continually impressed by the quality and intensity of the effort that everyone puts into our productions — not least because it’s entirely a volunteer organization. I get a lot more out of an evening spent rehearsing a play or building a set than I do watching television. I don’t understand why more people don’t feel the same way.