Thursday, May 06, 2010

Enron Crashes Again

     There is an old saying that says that life imitates art, whatever that means.  But as I see it, art usually imitates life.  That is why there is a type of painting called a still-life, and landscapes are definitely imitation life because they are just pictures of where life happens.  Well, art is imitating life very closely once again, as a Broadway play about the fall of Enron is set to close amid huge losses.
      And to be honest, I couldn't be happier, which is exactly the reason why the play, showing at the Broadhurst Theater, is closing with an estimated loos of around $4 million.  That is a drop in the bucket as compared to when the actual Enron came crashing down from the top of the business world, but that is still pretty impressive for a play I think.  The reason that it is failing is because of the attitudes of Americans towards this whole corporate failing/corporate bailout scene that has been prevalent since the 1990s.  We don't have the stomach for it anymore, and so we certainly don't want to see it on the news.
     So I suppose that it is not so much a surprise that the play has not been successful here.  I say here because, on the other side of the pond, over in London it was pretty successful.  It actually debuted there at the Chichester Festival Theatre before moving on up to the fashionable West End.  It drew positive reviews during its run in the United Kingdom, but it wasn't to be over here.
     The reviews in the United States were less than stellar, as with the ticket sales.  So down it goes, which makes me jump with glee.  I can understand how it would play well in England, and even in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.  It really is an interesting story I am sure, with lots of drama, plenty of villains, and even a surprise twist or two.  The best fiction writers working today couldn't come up with something that spectacular if they tried.  But it is a little bit different story when you are in the place where so many lives were destroyed by the greed and deceit of a select few, with a government apparatus that was unable or unwilling to stop it.  Plus, all of us over here in the Colonies, we have all seen it already.  We saw this play the first time it showed, on TV, on the nightly news.  It was beamed into out homes live as the script was written in offices and courtrooms across the country.  Except that when it was over the lights didn't come on and nobody filed out of the theater to go home.
     So goodbye and good riddance to the crazy Enron play. You should have just cooked the books to make it look like you were doing okay.  That would have been the Enron way.

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