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#31 richard53dog

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 05:12 AM

Some theaters now provide cough drops in baskets just in front of the entrance to the auditorium. I don't know if they still do it, but I've seen these at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC some years ago.

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 09:26 AM

Carnegie Hall provides two flavors of Ricola cough drops at least on both sides of the first level.

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 09:53 AM

Carnegie Hall provides two flavors of Ricola cough drops at least on both sides of the first level.


The programme sellers at the Royal Opera House have(had) a supply of 'cough sweets' which one just requested.

#34 kfw

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 11:48 AM

Some theaters now provide cough drops in baskets just in front of the entrance to the auditorium. I don't know if they still do it, but I've seen these at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC some years ago.

The Kennedy Center provides them as well, but I can't remember if it's just in the Concert Hall, or also in the Opera House (one would think yes) and the Eisenhower Theater where dance is presented.

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 01:26 PM

The 92nd St. Y's cough drop of choice is Hall's, or it was last time I noticed. I've become a Ricola (original flavor) gal. At my most recent performance, they helped somewhat, but the bug quickly gained on me over the course of the program. :) Apologies to my neighbors, especially the BT-er whom I met for the first time that night.

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 02:08 PM

Let me take the opportunity to plug Hall's menthol (your drugstore's house menthol will also probably do just as well).

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 02:40 PM

Let me take the opportunity to plug Hall's menthol (your drugstore's house menthol will also probably do just as well).


Yes, Rite-Aid's are fine too. I use them all the time. Had friend who recently did print ad for Hall's that were all over subways here and in LA. He thinks he's famous now. Well, I certainly hope so...

#38 Simon G

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 03:28 PM

I was in the cinema once and there was a woman attending who had tourettes. It was difficult, not least because she was in agonies herself to minimise her tics. I know there's a world of difference between a tourettes sufferer and a moron with a mobile - but how do you all feel about people with disabilities such as tourettes, the symptoms of which can often be audibly intrusive in public performances?

To clarify, I absolutely believe in the right of anyone, no matter what their physical, neurological or learning disabilities may be, to attend public performance and be an active part of the audience.

The saddest thing about the woman at the cinema was the care she'd taken to minimise the effects of her Tourettes for the other audience members, she'd brought a wash cloth with her to bite, and she also was wearing a kind of modified purdah veil over her mouth, which I assumed was because one of her tics was spitting. Her Tourettes was something she lived with and existed with and had come up with several devices to lessen the effect of her tics on others - the care she'd given in thought to the audience members was considerable and as such the very least anyone could do was accord her the same respect.

People with learning disabilities such as Downs, autism etc can be very demonstrative audience members responding vociferously and enthusiastically when something delights them or indeed provokes any strong emotion within them - and I think that's great. We in the West are incredibly "proper" as a matter of course when watching public performance - in Carolyn Brown's biography "Chance and Circumstance" she wrote about the Cunningham company's first performances in India in 1964 accustomed to Western audiences and their polite clapping at the end of a performance, she was completely taken aback by the vociferous responses, oohs & aaahs, laughing, clapping, cheering etc of the Indian audience at any section which provoked a strong response in them. Moreover she loved that.

#39 dirac

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 04:41 PM

Good question, Simon. Difficult, indeed. It's not as if you can just lean forward and ask her politely to stop and yet at the same time I'm sure it was a serious distraction. I have never had such an experience at the ballet or elsewhere but perhaps others have?

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 08:52 PM

Some theaters now provide cough drops in baskets just in front of the entrance to the auditorium. I don't know if they still do it, but I've seen these at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC some years ago.


The Colorado Symphony has provided free cough drops for years. Unfortunately, that didn't prevent someone from having a coughing spell Saturday evening that basically encompassed the entire final minute of Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending. :mad:

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 01:23 AM

Good question, Simon. Difficult, indeed. It's not as if you can just lean forward and ask her politely to stop and yet at the same time I'm sure it was a serious distraction. I have never had such an experience at the ballet or elsewhere but perhaps others have?


At a ballet performance in Oxford I was in the sitting in the stalls and became aware of a woman in the front row who kept beating her fists on the floor and emitting stifled cries. Another time at Sadlers Wells someone kept up a high pitched screech throughout the evening.

I know itís not politically correct to say this, but I feel people with such advanced conditions should be discouraged from attending public performances.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 06:48 AM

Another example, a regular attender who is prone to going into insulin shock during performances, requiring EMT services during performance. The patron tends to sit up front and center in the orchestra. Our theater staff is aware of this problem, but the person involved loves going to performances and is not amenable to suggestions about sitting elsewhere or staying at home. So what can one do?

As an older person, I sympathize with those who have loved the arts their entire lives. But it also clear that people have responsibilities to those around them. A time may come when you just have to stay at home. I confess that I have already given some thought to the time when this may be true about me as well: how to know? what to do? how to accept?

Meanwhile, I sympathize with theater staff -- and our performing arts staff is very considerate of people with disabilities -- who have to be concerned about bad publicity or even litigation if they make a mis-step.

#43 Simon G

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 08:57 AM

Another example, a regular attender who is prone to going into insulin shock during performances, requiring EMT services during performance. The patron tends to sit up front and center in the orchestra. Our theater staff is aware of this problem, but the person involved loves going to performances and is not amenable to suggestions about sitting elsewhere or staying at home. So what can one do?

As an older person, I sympathize with those who have loved the arts their entire lives. But it also clear that people have responsibilities to those around them. A time may come when you just have to stay at home. I confess that I have already given some thought to the time when this may be true about me as well: how to know? what to do? how to accept?

Meanwhile, I sympathize with theater staff -- and our performing arts staff is very considerate of people with disabilities -- who have to be concerned about bad publicity or even litigation if they make a mis-step.

Bart,

Never stay at home, keep going out until the very end and never curtail your love of anything because people think you're behaving improperly.

I mean however inconveniant this dude going into insulin shock may be, part of me says good for him, the other part thinks maybe he should sit in a more amenable spot for prompt medical attention. But if he dies in the theatre watching something he loves, I reckon it's how he wants to go - so let him.

I myself want to be eaten alive by wild beasts. I've been banned from all London, provincial and regional zoos and several ones in western Europe. But I'm holding out hope for my visit to Asia and the Americas.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 10:08 AM

Simon, I think it doesn't quite work to get eaten by wild beasts from zoos, now does it? If it's really going to be effective, don't you need to be a little less domestic about it? There's just something a little anticlimactic about someone who wants a comfortable surrounding in which to be carved up by saber-tooth tigers (if they still existed.) It doesn't play, you know.

All you do is go to the jungle, they'll eat you right up there. And don't mind the money to get to New Guinea: If you don't get to the real jungle, creditors will be happy to do it if you overspent and still didn't find the right beasts. I imagine that's about the same, but a little less 'direct experience'. Also, I recommend concentrating on herpetariums if you can't get into the cages of the lions and polar bears, because I have seen cobras in the Fort Worth Zoo who act very willing even while in captivity. You could just punch out the glass and found out. Being of the opposite persuasion about such things, I've never gotten over just seeing those overly self-impressed cobras--it's as bad as the shower scene in Psycho.

I think that it's just that you want to text Jedward and listen to your iPod till the very last minute so that you won't experience your ownmost potential directly.

Thank you.

P.S. I don't think I've ever seen anti-social behaviour in a theater, but then I've been very sheltered. Except for when I was a student usher at the Met, and had to tell extremely loud German patrons to be quiet several times. For this helpful deed, I was reported to my bosses and told that 'you are from the BRONX!!!' I have never gotten over this either, but I don't know if loud talking is considered a disability.

#45 Simon G

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 03:23 PM

Simon, I think it doesn't quite work to get eaten by wild beasts from zoos, now does it? If it's really going to be effective, don't you need to be a little less domestic about it? There's just something a little anticlimactic about someone who wants a comfortable surrounding in which to be carved up by saber-tooth tigers (if they still existed.) It doesn't play, you know.



Yeah, but Patrick, what's the point if I don't have an audience?


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