sidwich, on Apr 22 2010, 09:31 PM, said:
It's all on a cultural spectrum. I remember when "Peony Pavilion" was being performed at the Lincoln Center Festival many years ago, North Americans were shocked with the jolly socializing, preserved plum-spitting and picnicking going on during the performance.
Oh, it went far beyond that. I was at Peony Pavillion's opening night as part of an overwhelmingly non-Chinese audience, and we were encouraged to get up in the middle and buy something to eat, if so moved -- the way they do it in China, we were told. As I recall, the first segment (the only one I saw) ran about three hours, no intermission. People were definitely moving around. I'm glad we were told beforehand that this was expected, although, as sidwich indicates, it was quite a contrast to what we're used to.
Also, there are some Broadway houses that allow you to take your drink to your seat. As a drink-carrying neighbor took her seat beside me many years ago, I shot her The Look
, and she very politely smiled and said, "I know, but here you're allowed to bring your drink in." She was so blatant, I had no choice but to believe her.