Ohio Theatre Resurrected

Without a doubt, the resurrection of the Ohio Theatre is a very positive development for the Off- and Off-Off-Broadway community.

And despite the fact that I denounced — well, really, reprimanded — the community for its clear inability to plan for endless adverse real estate contingencies (amid my fears of too heavy a reliance on an uncertain tax-break idea for NYC landlords leasing space to artists), we need the Ohio and we’re glad to have it on its own space again.

Not that, as you’ll note from the press release below, it was ever going to disappear. Someday we’ll look back upon the past year as being more of a hibernation phase — or, indeed, Ohio Interrupted.

Below is an excerpt from the press release, courtesy of David Gibbs:

Soho Think Tank, the two-time Obie Award-winning theater company that ran the legendary Ohio Theatre in Soho for twenty years, has been offered a new home in the Archive Building at 154 Christopher Street, by the building’s owner Rockrose Development Corp. The new space will open in September 2011 as Ohio West.

…The theater is located in the basement of the Archive Building, a spectacularly beautiful, red-brick, Romanesque Revival-style apartment building, which was one of the city’s early conversions of a landmark building. The theater space itself is specifically designated for not-for-profit use, at below market rates, as part of an agreement between Rockrose Development Corp. and the City of New York, made during the commercial development of the building in 1988. The subsidized lease is for 10 years.

…The space seats an intimate 73, but is actually spacious and sprawling, with a wide, deep stage, large, generous dressing rooms, a significant lobby and room for an office….

For more information visit http://www.SohoThinkTank.org.

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