Best Seats In The House
Orchestra seats. We all want them. And many of us are willing to pay top dollar to get them. However, it’s remarkable how a $200 seat can turn into a fiasco, making us long for a more modest place in the balcony.
We all know what happens when a six-foot-three bruiser sits down in front of us.
Or how about when your next-door-neighbor takes up a seat and a half?
But size is not everything. Not at all.
There’s also all those cell phone addicts who can’t seem to keep it in their pocket.
Sometimes they check their phones obsessively and furtively, producing that
familiar otherworldly glow in the dark theater.
Not to mention the chatterers who are overflowing with questions and comments they
think are so precious they won’t survive until the play’s over.
And recently, since theaters have started permitting people to take their drinks to
their seats, a new problem has cropped up. I’d like to call these members of
the audience the ice swirlers. Does this constant motion (and consequent
noise) make the drink better or do these people just need to reassure
themselves their cup is still full?
The truth is I don’t mind an interactive audience. Theater is a community
experience. Gasping, laughing, clapping are all appropriate (though entrance
applause functions more for people in the audience to flatter themselves that
they recognize the star than as a mark of appreciation, but more on that at
some future date). I was positively inthralled when the audience joined in
singing a hymn during The Trip to Bountiful.
But I digress.
If picking a play you will enjoy is something of a crapshoot (despite the
excellent advice of critics), getting the right seat is even less of a sure