This commentary originally aired on November 9, 2015.
Diminishing audiences have been an increasing problem for theatre, for Broadway and regional stages alike.
In large part, the issue can be traced to cost. For a Broadway production, tickets to the hottest show can reach such stratospheric proportions, one has to wonder who, exactly, is attending at all, and what happened to theatre for the people. Even Shakespeare, after all, had a place for the Groundlings.