It's not exactly heartening to notice that if you look over at our list of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, only seven shows remain Off-Bway. Unless some miracle occurs, by the end of January two more Broadway shows will have closed as well. On WNYC last week someone was talking about how it had been five years since a Broadway show had closed without a show to immediately replace it, but it seems those times have come.
While this might make our lives a little bit easier here at Critic-O-Meter, it certainly is no comfort to us. We want things to be prosperous and busy, so much so that Rob and I are yelling at each on the phone trying to figure out how to get the whole thing done. The number one reason people say they come to New York is Broadway, when people think of New York, I'm pretty sure "live theatre" comes to mind before NASDAQ, so let's hope with all the stimulatin' going on, some of it trickles down to our lowly art form.
In the meantime to cheer you up, here is a link to a THIS AMERICAN LIFE episode that is about "stories of people trying to use numbers to describe things that should not be quantified." Hey Ira! If you ever do a sequel episode, look us up!