I’ve been reviewing theater part-time for voiceofsandiego.org since last winter. I’ve seen some good performances here in San Diego. I’ve also seen theater performances in London, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

What I really want to know is what the theater-goers of San Diego think of San Diego audiences.

I’ve written before that I find the audiences here tepid. I notice a certain rudeness at the theater: constant cell phone checking in the middle of the show and people clamoring to get out of the venue before the curtain calls, for instance. Is it really that important to get to your car 10 minutes before the rest of us? Maybe it’s just my unbridled enthusiasm for theater, but it irks me when audiences don’t treat the performers (and fellow-attendees) with respect.

I wonder what voiceofsandiego.org readers think about this. Am I being overdramatic?

Tuesday night I’ll be at the opening performance of “Movin’ Out” at the Civic Theatre, and I’ll be hosting the Café all day Wednesday, talking about it, theater in San Diego and other stuff. So feel free to e-mail me your thoughts.


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