The value of the Firefly Fun House bout, for me, was that its bonkers-ness overwhelmed my critical faculties. At other points in the six and a half hours (the same length as Angels in America!), I had time to think about how reckless and even cruel the WWE was being, asking performers to come sweat and shout and spit at each other in late March, when they should have known better. The various commentators appearing periodically to call it a gift to the fans or a way to raise spirits had not convinced me, and I had come to be fearful first for the older wrestlers (bless every grizzle on Goldberg’s cuboid head), and eventually for everyone. Indoctrinated by my hours with WrestleMania, the other violence no longer fazes me. I fully expect a well-upholstered man to bounce face-first off a turnbuckle without ill effect, or a young woman to get choked into near-unconsciousness and rise again, full of beans. But can the WWE guarantee that their actual workers will come out of this … [Read more...] about WrestleMania Broke Me
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What happened here? Poor Eleanor, eight months pregnant with twins, realizes that the boy fetus is possessed. We know this for sure not just because the fetus goes crazy when David prays around it, but also that one time when she receives Communion during mass and then immediately starts screaming and blood just comes pouring out of her vagina. Oh, and then the boy fetus eats the girl fetus. … [Read more...] about The 21 Freakiest Things That Happened on
“There is going to be a reset,” says one veteran producer. “Are we going to see multiple theaters empty for entire seasons for the first time in decades?” It’s possible. Aside from fears of the virus, the effect of the economic collapse on Broadway will resonate through through the 2020-21 season, and perhaps beyond. In a protracted recession, finding investors who have taken a beating in the stock market to capitalize new shows — especially musicals, which can now routinely cost upward of $15 or $20 million to mount — is going to be far more challenging than it once was. (Plays, which are much cheaper but represent less than 20 percent of total ticket revenues, may start to look like a better investment.) “And,” says another producer, “nobody is expecting that we can come back at the same level of average ticket price [well over $100 for many shows]. Figuring out what audiences will be willing to pay, and whether shows can … [Read more...] about How Can Broadway Recover From This Pandemic?