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English Theatre Study Guides. Background from Theatre Calgary's Audience Enrichment Guide by Dom Saliani and Shari Wattling If there is one single event that began to reveal ENRON for what it really was, it would have to be the March 5, 2001 publication in Fortune Magazine of Bethany McLean’s article “Is ENRON overpriced?”

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(You can read the original article here.) This article was the first to question ENRON’s stock valuation and it raised serious concerns about why it was so difficult to get financial information about the company’s earnings and assets. Interview with Lucy Prebble. By Kai Ryssdal.

Interview with Lucy Prebble

FORTUNE archive: Is Enron Overpriced? - Jan. 19, 2006. In March 2001, FORTUNE pointed out that Enron's financial statements were nearly impenetrable.

FORTUNE archive: Is Enron Overpriced? - Jan. 19, 2006

EDITOR'S NOTE - Remember when it seemed outrageous to suggest that Enron shouldn't be the golden child of Wall Street? Before the congressional hearings, before Arthur Andersen was indicted, before the SEC and the DOJ got involved, FORTUNE's Bethany McLean asked whether a company that traded at 55 times earnings should be so opaque. Here is what she wrote. Is Enron Overpriced? It's in a bunch of complex businesses. By Bethany McLean March 5, 2001 NEW YORK (FORTUNE) -- In Hollywood parlance, the "It Girl" is someone who commands the spotlight at any given moment -- you know, like Jennifer Lopez or Kate Hudson. Along with "It" status come high multiples and high expectations. Socialist Review. Lucy Prebble's new play at the Royal Court Theatre charts the rise and fall of the Enron corporation, whose spectacular demise in 2001 provided a foretaste of last year's financial crisis.

Socialist Review

The story begins with an ambitious young executive, Jeffrey Skilling (Samuel West), introducing Enron employees to a scheme called "mark to market". This is a way for the company to predict the profits it expects to make on future investments, and declare them straight away - effectively making money immediately on transactions that haven't even occurred yet. The Social Affairs Unit - Web Review: A clever play for babies: <em>ENRON</em... In Enron, Raptors and Star Wars Article. Enron Falls Again; Broadway Run of Acclaimed London Play Will End May 9.

BroadwaysBestShows.com, the marketing and ticket-selling site associated with the production, reported the closing.

Enron Falls Again; Broadway Run of Acclaimed London Play Will End May 9

Enron earned four Tony Award nominations on May 4, but did not snag a Best Play nomination, a nod traditionally significant in boosting box office. NY Times Article on Prebble's Enron. “And I said: ‘I have got this one thing.

NY Times Article on Prebble's Enron

I’d love to do a really big, musical, kind of spectacular show about the fall of Enron,’ ” she recalled during a recent interview in a warrenlike basement of a pub in the City, London’s financial district. “We spent the next hour getting drunk and talking about it. It was one of those meetings where you go, ‘Yes, this person gets it.’ ” After two sold-out runs in Britain “Enron” begin previews on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theater on April 8. In Britain Ms. “She managed to demystify a lot of technical terms,” said Nick Mooney, who held senior positions at Enron for around nine years, mostly in London. The play traces Enron’s rise, from its heady early days with Kenneth L. Although “Enron” is interspersed with a handful of songs and dances, Ms. Photo As a result some of the songs were cut. Ms. “We’re not interested in taking the standard liberal line,” said Rupert Goold, the director.

At the pub Ms. Ms. For a year Ms. Ms. Welcome. Enron review by by Lucy Prebble at the Noel Coward Theatre London 2010. It's always useful to remember that free market economics – capitalism if you prefer - brought us the slave trade, the stock market crash of 1929, the Great Depression, as well as more recent events such as the near meltdown of the entire global financial system.

Enron review by by Lucy Prebble at the Noel Coward Theatre London 2010

Not a record to be proud of you might think. Devotees of the system would argue otherwise, no doubt. Theatre review. After the high praise earned in Chichester, there was always the lurking fear the Enron bubble might burst on transfer.

Theatre review

But, although it had more room to manoeuvre at the Minerva, Lucy Prebble's play and Rupert Goold's production are so strong that they survive the move. What they vividly offer is not a lecture on corporate madness but an ultra-theatrical demonstration of it at work. The play shows how the Texan energy giant, Enron, moved from a model of the future to a bankrupt disaster with debts of $38bn. Prime mover is Jeffrey Skilling: a Marlovian over-reacher who boldly announces "we're not just an energy company, we're a powerhouse for ideas". His basic idea is to trade in energy as well as supply it. It could all be dry as dust. Lucy Prebble interview for Enron. Smoke and Mirrors: Lucy Prebble’s Enron (2009) - 2nd Story Theatre. © 2014 by Eileen Warburton We all remember the child’s tale of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” that the immortal Hans Christian Andersen published in 1837.

Smoke and Mirrors: Lucy Prebble’s Enron (2009) - 2nd Story Theatre

A couple of swindling tailors con an Emperor with a bogus piece of technology, a magic fabric supposedly invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. Nobody, the vain Emperor especially, wants to admit that they can’t see the fabric and have others believe them unfit for office so, collectively, they praise the new suit of clothes the two rogues have supposedly woven for the Emperor. When the ruler marches in procession wearing his new magical garments, the entire on-looking nation cheers and shouts compliments, because none of them wants to appear stupid or incompetent. It is an innocent little child, finally, who blurts out, “But he has nothing on!” Kenneth Lay (George W. Jeffrey Skilling was criminally innovative and imposed “mark to market” accounting. Innovative indeed! How could this come about?