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Ziegler is fully aware of his subject's second-rateness, and even admits to having at first doubted whether Osbert was worth a book.
The second aspect of the crisis is the radical drain of theatre talent to the Coast: The trickle that began in the early '70s--first stage actors, then playwrights, then directors and designers, and finally administrators and even Yale-educated dramaturgs--became a torrent in the late '80s that continues to this day, threatening to reduce the rest of the country's nonprofit theatre system to minor-league second-rateness indeed.