Friday, March 23, 2007

Spring Awakening - Onstage Seating - Theater - New York Times:

IT doesn’t always take talent to be on a Broadway stage. Sometimes all you need is $31.50.

At “Spring Awakening,” the rock musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, that fee, along with some courage, is all it takes to sit in one of 26 seats arranged on the sides of the stage at every performance.

In some ways these places are the best in the house. The sound and sightlines can be spotty, but there are other, rarer benefits. Seated on a plain wooden chair, you are close enough to the actors to feel the stomping of their feet and hear their natural, unamplified voices. And in what could be the highlight of the evening or its most uncomfortable moment (or both), a stageside seat also offers a chance to see a frenzied teenage sex scene, including some frenzied body parts — the actors range in age from 16 to 24 — in revealing proximity.

At the performance I attended last weekend, though, I was more fascinated by a different bodily function: spitting.

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