I understand that I am somewhat traditional in my etiquette; I believe that thank you notes, hostess gifts, and dress codes are useful and practical things that should be far more common than they are today. However, I think that the world is quickly falling past these standards and ignoring even common courtesy for other human beings. Will the madness ever end??
Last night, I attended Ballet Jörgen’s Anastasia with my mom, and while the dancers were talented, the audience was something else that is becoming all too common: selfish and in the clouds. There were two sets of two friends sitting behind us, with both sets of women somewhere in their 40-50s. At this age, both couples seemed to think that loudly speaking during the performance, including loud laughter, was okay. It’s not like the dancers have trained for years, and practiced for hours for this particular production to put it on or anything. And it’s not like the rest of the audience paid money to see this show…. And when they got up to leave, they all randomly decided to dead halt at random points throughout the theatre. No one else is stopping all of a sudden, please stop stopping.
The other hugely overwhelming problem was people arriving to their seats, or should I say the end of their row, once the show had actually begun. If it isn’t common sense for you to arrive at least five minutes before show time to find your seat, perhaps live performances aren’t for you. Whenever I make this argument, people like to say that ballet and theatre should be open to anyone attending and that “strict” rules like this make it harder for people to attend. To that I say you are probably one of those people who is late to everything, and that’s on you, not the world- the rest of us aren’t out of line for expecting you to show up on time. You ARE interrupting the rest of us to shuffle into your seat, and you can actually miss crucial parts of a performance.
What has the world become?!