Thursday, September 30, 2010

Share your thoughts on Night and Day

Our 2010 / 2011 Season is underway with Night and Day, the inaugural play that began the company 14 seasons ago.

We've already heard that "this multifaceted drama poses questions that easily might be asked at any point in the current 24/7 news cycle" (Chicago Sun-Times) and that the "production is not only shrewdly timed but very adroit, smart and accomplished." (Chicago Tribune)

Now we wanted to give you the opportunity to share your own reviews, questions and comments about this play and production.

Consider these questions raised by the play:
• What risks and responsibilities should journalists to take today?
• How do you choose which news sources are trustworthy?
• Is "fluff" news crucial to keeping papers around or does it undermine the credibility of the "real" stories?


Remy Bumppo said...

Click on Post a Comment to add your thoughts here.

Mama tembo said...

Sadly I think that "fluff" is necessary to get advertisers to fund the newspapers and keep them going. Happy Talk has become the norm on local TV stations as well. An "all news" newspaper will never be able to stay in business (but they probably never could - just seems more "dumbed down" these days)But I am willing to put up with all the junk in order to have newspapers continue to survive said...

As the play emphasizes, the story is whatever the reporter decides it is, and can get out into the world. That makes me both really value and really distrust the diverse media scene we now have. When Twitter can let us know what's happening in Iran, that's good -- we're freed from the dominance of those who own the media -- but when a lone blogger, almost singlehandedly, can ignite an issue like the Islamic Center controversy, that's bad. One thing is for sure. Freedom of the press is no longer limited to the man who owns one -- or in the case of Night and Day, to the guy who has the private Telex.

Great play. Everyone should see it!

mamatembo said...

I have seen Night and Day a number of times...and each time, I catch something new or think something more. It is an amazing, multifaceted play (well, duh, IT'S STOPPARD) and I love it!

James said...

Stoppard always provides a wealth of witty word play, but in this case the production added the spark that is needed to take the words beyond mere caustic cerebral commentary and make them come alive with meaning for the audience. This play, although more than thirty years old and based on the currents events of its day still was able to speak to issues today; issues centering on the theme of freedom, both of the press, the world, and personal relations. Remy Bumppo has shown once again that they are more than capable of presenting "think" theater with meaning and value for an appreciative audience.