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last sunday’s tony awards were nothing short of spectacular. fantastical musical montages, steely scenes and radiant costumes and backgrounds hypnotized me for those few hours, reminding me how much i do love broadway.

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and while i do live right by that big stage 1/3 of the year, my bustling schedule can keep me from being captivated by the season’s newest show. but never fear, this article from last weekend’s new york times’ inspires and reminds us to bring broadway into our very own homes.

“Not so long ago in America, keeping up with new plays was part of what it meant to be literate, and publishers did good business by stocking the drama sections in bookstores.

…The excuses for not theater-going are easy to list: it’s hell to find a babysitter, Netflix is a lovely narcotic, and it’s hard to commit to loading that much money onto a Visa card. You could just about fly to Dublin and back for the price of a Broadway ticket and a decent meal. But what’s the excuse for not reading some of these plays?

…This year, with Sunday evening’s Tony Awards on the horizon, I decided to, well, act. I got my hands on all four of the best play nominees and sat down to read them, having seen exactly none of the productions. Three can easily be found on Amazon or elsewhere: Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage,” Neil LaBute’s “reasons to be pretty,” and Horton Foote’s “Dividing the Estate,” which is published in a volume of his work called “Three Plays.”

The fourth, Moises Kaufman’s “33 Variations,” has not yet been published; I tracked down a copy of the script. (The winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for drama, Lynn Nottage’s “Ruined,” was ineligible for a Tony because it has not been performed on Broadway.)

Reading this small pile of plays turned out to be a joy. If none are blinding classics destined to be heavily revived 10 or 50 years hence, the best are as sharp and thrilling and concentrated as first-rate short stories. Even the weaker ones are jangly and distinctive, and I’m not sorry to have made their acquaintance. They linger in the memory the way novels often do not.

…I now intend to read the Tony-nominated best plays every season, the same way I get out to see the movies up for best picture at the Academy Awards. It seems like a tradition worth starting.

Submitting to a Play’s Spell, Without the Stage” by Dwight Garner
NY Times

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