In light of the apparent terrorist incidents in Washington, DC and New York City, Houston will shut down its downtown area, effectively ending theatrical performance in the city. Among the cancellations will be the Alley Theatre's production of The Glass Menagerie.
The Tony Award-winning company expects to resume performances tomorrow.
Stages Repertory Theatre, currently performing Elizabeth Rex, will also shut down. There are currently no performances at Theatre Under the Stars and the city's national touring venue, Jones Hall.
The city of Chicago already announced a shut down similar to Houston's. The whole of Downtown Chicago has been evacuated, including the Sears Tower, an official at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company told Playbill On Line. Besides such famous cultural institutions as the Museum and Science and Industry and the Art Institute, closings also include productions of Love Letters and The Blue Room at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts. One would also assume that the Goodman Theatre, located in the heart of the loop, has been emptied of people and canceled all performances. No one at the Goodman could be reached for comment.
The precautionary measures are in reactions to apparent terrorist attacks which have destroyed both towers of the World Trade Center and a section of the Pentagon and shut down government building all along the East Coast. Shortly after 9 AM on Sept. 11, two planes flew into the South and North Towers of the World Trade Center, ripping gaping holes in both monuments. After burning for little under an hour, both buildings collapsed to the ground. Numerous fatalities are expected. The disasters has resulted in the suspension of all Broadway shows and, very likely, the shuttering of all theatres across New York City and the Metropolitan Area.
—By Christine Ehren
and Robert Simonson