The opening salvo:
"Does it matter that New York has a drearily mediocre Fringe Festival?Read the rest here.
I have long thought not, since the annual August assembly line of toothless political parodies, dumb musicals, navel-gazing solo shows and occasional gems always seemed harmless. It gave hundreds of young artists a chance to shine and filled a niche for the press during the dead quiet of summer. As I have visited much more audience-friendly Fringes in Edinburgh and Philadelphia, however, the New York International Fringe Festival now appears needlessly bland and poorly organized. It also does no favors for the reputation of downtown theater. We deserve better."
So...what do you think?
I'm wondering if the web has had a one step forward two steps back approach for the Fringe. Now, more shows are reviewed than ever. But does that reduce the incentive to just wander around trying shows and meeting people?
Anyhow...love to hear your thoughts on the Fringe Festival, and Zinoman's assessment.
Update: Isaac asks if we even need a Fringe in NYC anymore. Hyperbolic? Sure. Provocative? Sure. Worth a read? Heck yes.
Update 2: Playgoer also speaks to the article.