It’s summer theater time. Places that are relatively quiet the rest of the year are churning out productions at a dizzying pace. That raises a question: is summer theater somehow different from theater the rest of the year?
Dexter Brigham founded Festival 56 in Princeton, Illinois, more than a decade ago. He says summer theater is almost a separate genre, with roots that go back to the 19th century, when both actors and audiences were looking for something to do when the Broadway season ended.