Discussions about the potential problems caused by the current terrorist situation have centred on the likely absence of American tourists, but the first effect at the National Theatre has been on the actors rather than the audience.
Linda Powell, daughter of America's Secretary of State, Colin Powell, has withdrawn from the forthcoming production of Jitney a play about an African-American taxi firm in Pittsburgh. The play was a hit Off-Broadway a couple seasons back.
Her withdrawal, on grounds of personal security, is a disappointment to the National, but the play will continue as scheduled, in the Lyttleton Theatre. Previews start on Oct. 11, with the first night on Oct. 16.
—by Paul Webb Theatrenow