Happy St. Nicholas Day! Last weekend, I watched a marvelous production of St. Nicholas in Bethesda’s Quotidian Theatre. Quotidian is a fine small theater with special expertise in plays by Horton Foote and Conor McPherson. The Washington Post wouldn’t send a critic, so they missed a chance to tell you how good this production is. But DC Theatre Scene did review the show, and that’s how you got to know that Steve Beall is giving the best performance of his career.
The Post has to worry about making a profit. So did DCist, a good cultural website that included theatre reviews. It pulled the plug last month due to financial pressures. Let’s face it, describing, in a nuanced and truthful way, the work of the more than 80 professional theaters in the DC Metro area is not a path to big profits.
That’s why DC Theatre Scene is a non-profit — a 501(c)(3) corporation. It means that we rely on your support to continue and that your contribution is tax-deductible. While our purpose is to describe art, not to make a profit, we can’t operate at a loss, either. We pay our reviewers for their work (although not as much as they deserve. ) Maintaining a complex site like DC Theatre Scene is surprisingly expensive and time consuming.
So while the current economic climate might make it necessary for mainstream media companies like the Post to turn down small companies, we stay committed to moving forward. This year we added dance reviews, led by the well-regarded critic Alexander Kafka. And we introduced a new show guide to help you decide on the shows you want to attend.
If you like the work we do, and endorse our mission to bring good theater to the attention of DC area audiences (and hang the profitability), please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to DC Theatre Scene.
Every donation helps.
See you at the theatre!
Editor and Publisher