A Tale of Two Cities

November 17, 2014 2:25 PM

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Seattle lost a vital theater company when the Balagan Theatre announced on September 24 that it was permanently suspending operations. The Balagan Theatre produced well-received musicals and plays -- from August: Osage County to Hedwig and the Angry Inch -- on small budgets. As the theater grew more visible, it began to rent larger venues for its shows. This resulted in larger production budgets, though not every show was a box office success.

What the theatre company did not do, apparently, was keep accurate books. According to an article in the Seattle Times, its board president said that "he and fellow trustees did not have enough information to know the extent of the nonprofit company's indebtedness to individuals and organizations." ...

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