Last night's untricked-out Helen Hayes Awards at the Warner Theatre began almost immediately with prize-giving, and that was mostly what we got: Few distractions, and lots of people talking about theater. Did some thank-yous go on too long? Sure. Was Robert Aubry Davis conspicuously absent even though his voice was the evening's host? Yes. Were [...]
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Although the 6 percent sales tax on performance tickets suggested by Mayor Vince Gray in his proposed budget was struck down last month by the D.C. Council after waves of protest from the theater community, leaders of Washington's arts scene are still displeased with the final version of the budget the council passed last week.
More than a dozen representatives of theater and other artistic organizations attended today's D.C. Council hearing on Mayor Vincent Gray's budget for the 2012 fiscal year to oppose the proposed imposition of a 6 percent sales tax on theater, gallery, and performance tickets.
The mayor's budget proposal called for "expand[ing] the sales tax base to include [...]
On Monday night, as the Helen Hayes Awards ceremony reached its climax with the announcement of the top two prizes, there seemed to be one thing missing: drama.
Oklahoma!, Arena Stage's lavish and widely praised revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, and Candide, Shakespeare Theatre Company's inventive and widely praised revival of the Leonard Bernstein [...]
Buried on page 86 of Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed budget, released today, is a suggestion that "live theater" be subject to a sales tax.
According the budget's revenue projections, the mayor anticipates that a 6 percent tax on ticket sales would bring the city just less than $2.3 million a year.
Not surprisingly, administrators at D.C. theaters aren't thrilled.