As a theater owner, if there’s one thing I know, it is that pleasing your audience is the only way to grow. And, I’ve discovered that today’s audiences are tired of the same bill of fare. They really want fresh material that makes them laugh, makes them feel good, and makes them want to come back again.
We just completed a run of Jay Huling’s The Church of Diminishing Marginal Returns, and I know beyond the shadow of doubt, that I will be producing more and more of Jay’s plays. This is our 29th season at The Washington County Playhouse, and virtually every night of this production, our guests were telling us that this was the best thing we’ve ever done, that we should do more of Jay’s work, that they’ve never laughed so hard, and that they were going to recommend this production to their friends. All of that says to me: more seats in more seats. With that kind of music to my ears, who needs a steady diet of musicals?
If you’re a theater owner, an artistic and/or managing director, a producer, or on the show committee of a community theater, I cannot recommend this piece highly enough. It sold seats, and it was so much fun to do that the cast didn’t want it to end. I really can’t wait to see what Jay Huling has for us for next season.