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The essential insight behind "if the show starts at nine, I need to be there before nine," is one with a wide range of applications.

(not all sure what logic is behind "9:45 for a 9:00 show is probably ok" but it may explain why I arrive at parties a hour before the rush.)

Date: 2017-09-07 03:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] movingfinger
But 9:45 for a 9:00 show works perfectly when there are way too many previews!

Date: 2017-09-07 04:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mycrazyhair
Hmm. If you mean, "9:45 for a rock show at a club where the doors open at 9," then I understand the rationale. The club wants enough liquor sales before the band actually goes on stage. Otherwise...

Date: 2017-09-07 06:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dsrtao
We had a very successful series of plays here from a troupe called "Verse and Vodka". The cash bar was open during the whole performance...

Date: 2017-09-07 04:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tiger_spot
The trick to not being late is being okay with being early. The folks I know who are extremely punctual have a plan for what to do if they arrive unusually early, even if it is just "sit in the car and play on my phone until the start time", and the folks who are chronically late try to do as much as possible at home/work before leaving at the last possible minute so they don't feel like they're "wasting time".

Date: 2017-09-07 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] martianmooncrab
did they get the day right?

Date: 2017-09-08 10:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dormouse1953
I live in Guildford and go to a number of concerts and the like in London, which is about 40 minutes on the train, plus short walks at each end, so I try to get trains that will get me to London with plenty of time to get to the concert hall, so I often arrive up to 30 minutes early. But, of course, sometimes trains are delayed and I have to dash at the other end, getting there just as it's starting, or too late, when I might not even be let in.

But the oddest thing I observed was during a performance of Parsifal. About an hour into the first act, the guy next to me got up and left. Understandable, I thought. The first act is about 2 hours long, and very slow for much of it. I could understand if someone found it not their cup of tea.

However, he returned for the second act. He apologised for disturbing me as he went out, but he had had to feed the parking meter.

That shows not enough dedication to Wagner in my book. If I owned a car and it was a choice between seeing all of act I with the presentation of the Grail, or not having the car towed, I'd go with having the car towed.

Date: 2017-09-08 04:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elusis
My partner and I saw part 1 and 2 of the National Theatre production of "Angels in America" at our local movie theatre over the past couple of weeks, thanks to their "National Theatre Live" program. Part 1 is about 3 1/2 hours, but Part 2 clocks in at a respectable 4 hours and 15 minutes. Both shows started at 7pm. The folks sitting in the middle of our row apparently gave up at the second intermission, and I thought "don't you want to know how it ends???"

Date: 2017-09-08 05:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dormouse1953
I'm a fan of the Dutch theatre company Toneelgroep Amsterdam and I went to see their staging of the Bergman film Scenes from a Marriage at the Barbican a few years ago.

It was a clever staging, with three scenes performed simultaneously on a stage split in three, the idea being that when the scene you were watching finished, the whole audience went to the next stage to watch the scene being done there. Then, after the interval, three more scenes.

Unfortunately, they hadn't factored in how long it would take the entire audience to move to the next stage and I realised at the interval that if I stayed for the second half, there was no way I was catching a train home that night. That night, I did leave at the interval.

Date: 2017-09-09 02:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] scott_sanford
I did something similar for a stage adaption of Pratchett's Making Money which was thoughtlessly scheduled to continue past the time I was due to start work.

Date: 2017-09-09 10:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dormouse1953
In this case, they'd advertised a finishing time and it was quite reasonable. It was something like a 19:15 start and a 22:30 finish. But the first half was 2 hours 15 minutes, which meant the second half wasn't going to get underway until 21:50. When I mentioned this to someone, they suggested the company were used to well-behaved Dutch audiences moving from stage to stage, and hadn't taken into account how more disorganised British audiences would be.

I've just been reading a book about Wagner and it reminds me that for the first performance of Rienzi, which lasted over five hours, Wagner stopped the clocks in the opera house so people wouldn't realise it was past midnight.

It always amuses me when I see a baseball game that has gone on past midnight. I have enough trouble getting back from the NFL Wembley games, and they finish about 20:00. It often takes an hour just to get onto the platform for a train back to central London.


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