It’s day two of our week at the theater, and I thought I’d take a moment to discuss theater’s accessibility. The theater has acquired a reputation for being a pastime for the elite. While some of the top ticket prices on Broadway don’t help with that reputation, the truth is that theater is for everyone, not just those who can afford to sit front and center at a Broadway show.
As any theater fan who has sat in the dark on a folding chair crammed into a space with 30 (or fewer) of their new best (or at least closest) friends can tell you, most theater performances aren’t that glamorous.
While Broadway may have the most visible theaters, local theater companies around the world tell their own stories on stage every night. Even better, their tickets are usually a fraction of the cost. Whether you’re a fan of the big musicals or some serious drama, there’s something.
While some of the grander sets and costumes may give the illusion of glamour, the truth is that theater is an art form with incredibly humble origins. Theater started as a form of entertainment for the people. There was nothing grand or glamorous about it, just a group of players telling a story to a ready and willing audience. Despite the changes to its settings and production values, at its heart it is still an art form by the people and for the people.
…although on a separate note, it doesn’t hurt to show a little respect for the space your in and maybe shower and run a comb through your hair…but that’s a topic for another day.
…just for fun: