We saw "Big Fish" in its pre-Broadway run at the Oriental. The play is very good, the actors excellent with superb voices, befitting their Tony Awards. The music is pretty good, and I cried a little at the end scenes of the play. I'd probably see it again.
The Oriental is an amazing venue, with fantastical decorating with an Asian mythological theme.
Here's my only problem. It used to be that theaters sold drinks and food at the intermission, and these drinks had to be consumed before returning to the auditorium for the performance. Apparently this has changed. The person next to us had obviously had a few drinks before the show. Then he brought a beer in a plastic cup in from the lobby at the beginning of the first act, alternately drinking and burping through the first act. At intermission, he and his companion went to the lobby and got some more. He came back in at the beginning of the second act with TWO more cups of beer, spilling a little of one as he tried to carry them both. He drank and burped his way through the rest of the play, laughing at the emotional scenes and waving his beer around.
Now, I drink too. When I go to a Bears or Cubs game, I've been known to have a few beers too. But the theater should be a little different than a sporting event. Let the patrons enjoy a cocktail or beer during intermission: no problem. Then go out and have as many as you want. But please, no liquor (or ANY drinks, for that matter) in the auditorium during the show. Plus, this guy was obviously drunk. Why was he being served at all at the theater bar?
Anyway, the theater is beautiful, there are no bad seats, and the show was good. We'll go back. We'll just have to hope for better seat neighbors nest time.
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