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Friday, November 12, 2010

MAJOR Pet Peeve

On Sunday, Little Ricky and I went to Chicago Shakespeare Theatre to hear the Chicago Chamber Musicians perform Carnival of the Animals and The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant. The performance was fantastic and Little Ricky thoroughly enjoyed the music. You can read more about how we liked the show on Macaroni Kid Chicago. But here you are going to read about something that TOTALLY annoyed me during the show.

The show began at 11:30. Around 11:45 a large group (10 - 15 people) of adults and kids filed in.

Yes, this annoyed me, but I could have overlooked it.

Not only were these people late, but they spent the rest of the show (which was only an hour and they'd already missed 15 minutes!) wandering back in and out of the theatre to (I assume) go to the bathroom.

Really? You can't hold it for 45 minutes.

But the absolute worst part were the 2 oldest kids of the group. The group consisted of young kids, maybe 4ish, up to 14-15 year olds. The 2 oldest kids sat on the front row. One of them leaned over his arm rest and SLEPT through the whole show. While the other one slumped really low in his seat and PROPPED HIS FEET on the stage.

Are you kidding me?

As I was telling this story to my husband, he said that people don't know theatre etiquette anymore. And I agree with that to a point.

But feet on the stage? Sleeping? To me that just seems like common courtesy.

You wouldn't wander into someone's office and throw your feet up on their desk (I hope), so why would you do it on what is basically the musician's office?

And yes, they were just kids. But the adults in that group should have prepared them, told them what kind of behavior was and was not acceptable and then they should have enforced it.

Instead they sat on the back row and let their group do whatever they want.

I'm a theatre person. I've been going to shows since I was a little girl (thank you, Mom!) and it was always very clear to me what was expected of me as an audience member. And it really upsets me every time I'm at a show to see the lack of common courtesy and respect given to the people working their asses off on stage.

If you're bored, if you don't like the theatre, don't go! And if you do go, for God's sake, sit up and keep you're feet off the stage.

So what do you think? Am I being a hard-ass? Does this kind of thing bother you too? What's YOUR biggest pet peeve?

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