There are two sides to the argument:
1. The Chicago theater scene and community is unique and needs an insider who has preexisting relationships to navigate the landscape.
2. The absolute best candidate should be found. Someone who will push the theater to new achievements and bring them to the next level. A person's address should not be a determining factor.
Chris Jones has a very nice and thoughtful discussion of the inherrant benefits and traps in both solutions.
John C. McGinley (b. 1959)