With the theater increasingly seen as a passé art form, its exciting to think it important enough to have any impact on America at all. But in his new performance piece, How Theater Failed America, baby-faced, burly monologuist Mike Daisey discusses dramas deleterious impact on those who produce it. Created with his collaborator (and wife), Jean-Michele Gregory, Daiseys screed attacks nonprofit theaterstheaters not too dissimilar from the Public, which hosts him. In his polemic, he calls for braver play choices, lower ticket prices, and the hiring of local actors. Meanwhile, he attacks any specious whining that blames theaters declining popularity on television, iPods, Reagan, the NEA, short attention spans, and the folly of youth.
Mon., April 14, 7 p.m., 2008