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Andrea

We had M and M eaters near us too. Really annoying. Are they selling them at the snack counter? BAD idea.

Marisa

Sadly, going to the ballet is getting to be like going to the movies. People don't know how to behave. This creates problems for serious dance-goers.

Philip

It would be almost impossible for the ushers to police something like a bag of M & Ms and by the time intermission hits the damage is done.

Last year the concessions were selling plastic containers of nuts and candies, which were noisy also. Now they seem to just sell them in their regular packaging. It seems inappropriate to me that the theatre should be providing audience members with the means of annoying their fellow patrons.

It's too bad that people feel they can't go 45 minutes to an hour without snacking. Newcomers to the ballet and opera have no concept of how to behave: to them it's the same as a movie or a sports event.

It's up to the theatre management to instruct the public on how to behave since obviously the days when simple common courtesy was passed on from one generation to the next seem to have vanished.

Susan

Oh dear...we were in the second ring and a large family group had Mr. Mom passing out CRACKERS! And asking "what kind would you like??" He had a small bag filled with treats. Was it the same group? It was too much. I paid $100 to see this special show, and I could almost smell the Ritz.

Philip

People are so thoughtless and self-absorbed. Have they no clue how to behave?

Having spent that much on your tickets you should certainly be entitled to have an evening free of such nonsense.

Overall I think this is a sad commentary on the times we live in when respect for others has simply declined to near non-existence.

Max

I think the only foods that should be sold are cookies, bagels or brownies, not wrapped but simply handed to the patron on a napkin. Eat it during the break, wipe your mouth off with the napkin, go back to your seat and STFU.

Philip

Someone once suggested that bananas are the ideal 'quiet' food for theatrical consumption but what do you do with the peel?

Your idea is good, Max...esp the STFU part!

Karen McCabe

I spent $240 to take my niece to "Nutcracker" and the people behind us talked, ate and squirmed throughout the show. And they were adults.

Terri

Thank you for raising an issue that has been annoying me for years! I agree: why is it that people cannot abstain from feeding their faces for a few hours (not even, if they indulge during intermission)? And while I am on my little soapbox here, let me add that it seems to have become the norm to talk during overtures at musicals. I once turned to the offending party behind me and politely said that I would like to hear the music. Her reply was, "You're not deaf!" No, but she was certainly rude and her numbers are legion.

tonya

I had the same problem. Family behind me bought Twizzlers M&Ms, gummy bears -- one of everything they had at the concession stand, which they passed around, not opening any of the bags until after the music began. AND, most offensive -- the water bottle, which they kept passing around, and it would make a horrible noise with the plastic when it got about half empty. I felt like I was definitely in the movies. Couldn't hear anything in the first act. I didn't meet you during intermission because I was frantically running around trying to find an usher. Poor family had NO IDEA they weren't supposed to eat the food in the concession area during the performance. It wasn't their fault at all. I felt horrible because it was obviously the first time they'd ever got their little girls decked out and splurged on orchestra tickets. When we left and I saw all those candies at the concession stand immediately on the way to the seats I realized no one who'd never been to the ballet before could possibly know they weren't supposed to eat that food inside during the performance. To make a massive understatement, NYCB needs to make it more clear it's only for consumption in the lobby. I have to say the noise completely ruined the Tchaikovsky for me -- completely ruined the first act. Then I felt badly all throughout the second act.

Philip

Sounds like a nightmare, Tonya. In addition to the comments here I have received e-mails about things people have had to endure at recent performances. It seems to be a fairly new trend, really. I don't recall it being this bad even a couple of years ago.

Hopefully the people in charge of the ballet will take a look at what's being sold at their concession counters and make changes or - better yet - eliminate wrapped candies and foods altogether.

And I agree with Terri: why can't people go for two hours without having to have a treat?

It's no wonder so many serious ballet and opera fans have stopped going to performances.

Anne

Here in France, nobody eats anything during a concert or a ballet, maybe out of habit or maybe simply because there is no shop in the lobby.
Last month I went to a concert that the Orchestre de Pau gave for schoolchildren - Faycal Karoui visited their school in the afternoon and answered their questions and talked to them about the concert. They were all spellbound during the concert and there was NO candy!

Philip

That is so good to hear, Anne. Here in America it often seems people can't do anything unless there is food available as an accompaniment!

British K

I have to say this is one of the most shocking things about living in America. I have been to ballet, pop concerts and the like and it seems acceptable to eat and drink vast quantities of coke. At first I thought how odd, now I think it's just plain bad manners to the other patrons and the artists.

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