I saw the Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company, which was exceptional. But the first 2 songs were ruined because the house manager(s) kept seating patrons during the concert. I overheard other patrons say, "The symphony must be doing something, because the garage is full."
Pardon the sarcasm, but a couple of suggestions: if you're a patron and it's a Sunday afternoon in Boston, it might be a good idea to assume that yes, there are other events taking place in this area dense with arts venues, and yes, you should leave early for your event, just in case the garage is full, or some other unexpected problem may arise. If you're managing a performance center and it becomes evident that there's a problem like this, how about starting the show 15 minutes later, so that you can seat all of your patrons BEFORE the program begins? It's not fair to those of us who paid $35 or more to see and hear the performance -- I really do not appreciate people talking, blocking my view, and stepping on my feet for the first 15 minutes. Very unprofessional management.
Once everyone sat down and stopped yapping, the acoustics were fine. But the rest of the design is lacking, to say the least. There's no coat check -- a pain in the winter. The sightlines in this auditorium are terrible. I'm 5' 5" -- not that short for a woman -- and I could not see the stage, so that I was twisting my neck uncomfortably through most of the concert. Why was this placed designed with hardly any slope to the floor, and with seats placed directly behind the row in front, rather than staggered so that the viewer doesn't have someone's head directly in front of him/ her? I don't need stadium seating, but I would like to see the artists on the stage!
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