It really can make a difference in one's perception of a performance, depending on where you sit in a theater.
Several others commented as to why they chose to sit in certain places in various theaters... I've always aimed for the middle of the orchestra...what I hope is just above the midline..so I'm slightly above the height of the stage. Naturally I don't always end up in these seats.
Tonight will be a first for me...on several levels. I will be meeting Mr. and Mrs. Treefrog in Manhattan and we'll be taking in the All Robbins program at the New York State Theater. The other "first" for me will be sitting in the Fourth Ring. I know a number of people always sit in the Fourth Ring. One of the main draws, I'm assuming, is the extremely affordable price for these tickets... In our case, these were the only seats left in the house at the time of ordering.
I shall report back in the hopes that my fear of heights hasn't gotten the best of me. ;)
Where do you like to sit - given the choice when money is no object - and why? And what do you consider your next best options?