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 Posted: Sun Dec 19th, 2010 03:53 pm
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"Almost, Maine"

Though I did not see it, I was visiting in NYC around when this play opened and all the reports on the street from people were it was a lovely play. Heartwarming. Genuine. Touching.

Well, I got nervous for it, as that is almost the stamp of doom in New York critics' circles.

I know it has been performed a lot. Just didn't know how much. Glad it has had such a life.

There are some other plays like "Over The Tavern" and "To Grandmother's House We Go" that have had long lives without NYC. These plays also have had long-run commercial productions as well as amateur productions. I saw them both in Chicago and they were wonderful.

Can anyone name a few other plays they know of that have been quite successful without an NYC imprimatur?

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/18/theater/18almost.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Almost%20Maine&st=cse

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Kind of funny, from my perspective as someone who writes mainly for high schools.  By "successful" do you mean having lots and lots of productions and performances?  If so, take a look at something like "Hard Candy" by John Rand--we're talking thousands of performances.  But the New York critics have never had a chance to pan such a show.  Frankly, if one were looking to make a living at writing plays, he/she would be more likely to do it by writing for the educational sector than for Broadway. 

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