I’ve been attending Off-Off Broadway theatre for over 30 years, and covering it as a critic/arts journalist for almost 20. When you’ve seen a lot of water flow under the bridge, it’s easy to spot transformations and trends. Part one of an already familiar story is that fewer new small theatres are being started in Manhattan any more; real estate prices have moved that activity to the outer boroughs. And many theatre organizations have folded, as we’ve reported over the years. Part two of the story is that many of the older keystone Off-Off institutions have retrenched, dug in, consolidated, and done what it takes to survive including renovate, reorganize and grow larger. On assignment for the NYC Community Media family of papers (The Villager, Downtown Express, Chelsea Now, Gay City News), in recent weeks I’ve done a series of articles that have recorded that change. I thought it might be worthwhile to group them together for handy comparison and reference re: what’s been happening:
HERE Arts Center (September, 2017)
La MaMa (October, 2017)
The Public’s Under the Radar Festival (January, 2018)
Performance Space New York (formerly known as PS122) (January, 2018)
The Flea (January, 2018)
Soho Rep (February, 2018)
In related news (covered by others):
The New York International Fringe Festival took a year off in 2017 and returns this year in a reimagined form
And (perhaps the leading edge of this story) in 2010, the Ohio Theatre moved from Soho to a new facility over on the west side.
I’m sure I’m leaving something out but have no doubt you’ll tell me what it is!