A theater-going FrontBurnervian has a take on it:
We were subscribers when Mr. Hamburger came. I thought it was tragic when the local company of actors were no longer utilized. We then became subscribers of Kitchen Dog, because we wanted to support local artists.
Theatrically, the DTC has been the flagship, with excellent productions. But with a few notable exceptions such as Chamblee Ferguson and Jessica Turner, it hasn’t really used the considerable talent in town the way WaterTower, Kitchen Dog, and others have. That’s been a consistent theme of mine when I write about the DTC, but it’s also been the complaint of many actors, playwrights, and directors in Dallas.
The question is whether this has anything to do with his stepping down. Suppose the DTC board, given the new theater and the attention that the Center for the Performing Arts with bring, wants somebody with a higher national profile and even less local involvement? That’s more likely than not.