Yesterday, I finally got to see Avenue Q at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis. Since I have a husband, a 2-year-old, two cats, and a dog, (that’s five children if you’re keeping track), the afternoon shows are perfect opportunity to get out of the house. I can stay awake without even a hint of yawning.
In the gorgeous lobby of the theatre, I participated in my all-time favorite activity: people watching. After many afternoon shows throughout the years, it never ceases to amaze me the number of people who come to see a Broadway production in jeans. Yes, I know it was a Saturday afternoon but that doesn’t justify it. There were even people in shorts. Not the dressy shorts some women try to pull off for work. I saw guys wearing baggy cargo shorts. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones that barely stay over the hips even with a belt. And I even saw….Dare I say it…. FLIP FLOPS!
Shocker, I know.
Maybe I’m just a theatre snob. That’s entirely possible. I don’t think people do this on Broadway or the West End. Is it a Midwestern thing? In my humble opinion, the whole thing stinks of laziness. Is it really that hard to put on a pair of khakis? A pair of dress shoes?
The cast and crew work hard to put on the performance night after night. And they did a great job. It’s not a sign of respect when someone shows up in the same clothes they might wear to Wal-Mart or the zoo. I’m not saying wear a tux, just wear something you might wear to work.
(For the record, I wore a pair of black dress pants, black and white dress shirt, and some kicking open-toed heels. I have to practice what I preach after all. )
Someday, I might get over this. Highly unlikely but the possibility is always there. 🙂