(or, Shut up and drink your gin!)
Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout published a column headlined “America’s favorite plays.” In it, he correctly observed that readers “willing to mine” Theater Communications Group’s public database of production schedules across the country could get a “detailed picture” of “what plays get performed most often” by not-for-profit professional theaters in America.
But after mining the data himself and calculating the statistical favorites, Teachout ignored what the data says about theaters and leapt instead to a conclusion about theatergoers. Surprising? Maybe not.
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