Date: Saturday, November 10, 2007
Play: The Lion King in "VIP Section"
The "Lion King" is an excellent play badley damaged by the Orpheum's mis-management and extreme arrogance! Because of our horrible experience at the Orpheum, we are not likely to visit downtown Minneapolis soon.
We planned the drive, a mini-vacation with an upgraded stay at the "Chambers", over $300 for two play tickets, planned tours of Frieda Kahlo collection at the Walker and a planned tour of the Georgia O' Keefe collection as well as "The Genius of Shibata Zeshin" collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Art..
The tours and activities at MIA were very good and we added a dual MIA membership to our vacation. The Walker did a great job presenting the Vincent Wolf Collection as well as the Freid Kahlo collection. The Chambers has great food; it was a very pleasant stay and they even recognized our anniversary!
The Lion King is a very good play for what we were allowed to see of it. Because we were in some of the very front rows of the "VIP Section" in the theatre, we were also one of the last to get to the few (very few) available rest rooms at the back of the theatre, during the Orpheum's 15-minute Intermission. (Our high school plays had 15 minute Intermissions.) Of course, it is a very family-friendly play, so many children were attending on Saturday. All rest room lines were extremely long and children weren't on the same time schedules as the adults. Over 50 of us (patrons) were caught upstairs, herded, held in a group by Orpheum staff and not allowed to return to our paid seats to see the beginning of the second act.. We were told it was for the safety of the patrons and the actors. The Orpheum staff also told us they didn't know how long we would be held there. Many of "the held patrons" were angry and extra security was called in case there was a riot. One man kept questioning the other patrons walking about, going up and down the stairs...When we were finally allowed to head back to our seats, down the aisles, we all disrupted everyone else's view during the play. The two of us actually disrupted more views and because we were six rows from the stage, I know we disrupted the actors. Somehow this made sense to the Orpheum management than adding a mere "5 " minutes to Intermission. We paid extra to make the play a more memorable experience for our 35th anniversary; instead we unintentionally caused major disruption to otheres and we paid over $300 to the Orpheum theatre to be treated like cattle by the Orpheum staff.
What we learned: get up and walk out during the play before Intermission. You will interrupt the same number of patrons and the same number of actors during the play but you'll save the 15+ minutes waiting in a rest room line. Or better yet, find a better theatre!
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