I know this is a terrible thing to say, but during the 19 days that Broadway was shut down by a labor dispute, I didn't miss it at all. The Off-Broadway and Off-Off schedules were, if anything, more hectic than usual, so theater as such never seemed to be on the decline. I was sorry for the people out of work, and for the people in all the ancillary trades losing business at the height of the tourist season, but the slackening made Times Square a little more traversable, and conversation in its relatively deserted restaurants a little more audible—so while the restaurateurs wept into their Bushmill's, I'm afraid I snickered, a little... More >>>