David Cromer: “New York Smells Like Garbage!”

08/28/2012 9:55 AM |

On the set of Picnic. He would never go for a picnic in NYC, because theres no grass and it smells like garbage.
  • On the set of Picnic. He would never take a picnic in NYC, because there’s no grass and it smells like garbage.

One-time MacArthur Fellow and celebrated theater director David Cromer gave an interview to Chicago Magazine in which he trash talked New York—literally! (Sort of?) “There are no alleys in New York,” he told the magazine, “which means the garbage is on the street. In Chicago, there’s grass everywhere. It’s so much quieter and everything smells better.” The Q&A isn’t on-line, as far as I can tell; he obviously thought we’d never find out all the way in New York!

Cromer directed the current Off-Broadway hit Tribes and will helm Really Really for MCC in January. Right now, he’s in his native Chicago, preparing a production of Sweet Bird of Youth and enjoying the olfactory respite.

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