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Theaters Rethink Their Culture

We've written about theater etiquette here on Selling Out (You can see people’s biggest theater etiquette pet peeve here). It's something we all think about as people who market (and attend) live events. Last year, we covered what are known as relaxed performances, which don't frown as much on late arrivals, noise or movement. In his Guardian article, David Jays examines the rise of relaxed spaces where anything goes. Jays quotes performer and activist Jess Thom, who has Tourette syndrome: “These spaces can...

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Experience

Are Latecomers Really Welcome?

We post about theater etiquette quite a bit here on Selling Out. (You can see people's biggest theater etiquette pet peeve here.) Maddy Costa writes about relaxed performances for Exeunt Magazine: This "means every performance starts with an announcement that latecomers are welcome, as is a return to the performance for anyone who needs to leave to use the toilet or get a drink or just have a quiet moment in the chill-out room, and movement both physical and vocal...

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Experience

A “Wow” at the Symphony

AV News reported on a cute story at the Boston Symphony Hall: "The Handel And Haydn Society orchestra was performing at the Boston Symphony Hall. Just after the final rest of Mozart’s 'Masonic Funeral Music,' an unseen kid yelled out 'wow!' in apparently unvarnished appreciation of what he’d just heard. Everyone laughed and applauded the moment." While this is certainly a pleasant outburst, there are some behaviors that theatergoers do not appreciate. Goldstar surveyed more than 1,000 members as well as theater...

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News

Audiences Behaving Badly? Depends on Whom You Ask

Talking, eating loudly and answering mobile phones: These are all behaviors that can be considered inappropriate for a theater audience. While some people prefer to speak out against audiences behaving badly, others -- like Kit Harington, the Game of Thrones star who appeared in Doctor Faustus at London’s Duke of York’s theatre -- suggest that criticizing young fans could kill theater. The Guardian's Amelia Hill reports that Harington recently said: “I am afraid that, if the theatre is going to die...

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Technology

Is Live Entertainment Etiquette Evolving?

Theater etiquette is making headlines. We at Goldstar offered insight on some of the biggest live entertainment etiquette questions, surveying more than 1,000 members as well as theater experts. You can read the results here. James Hebert at The San Diego Union-Tribune covers a "string of well-publicized incidents lately (mostly on Broadway) involving playgoers doing some not-so-smart things with their smartphones" in "Who makes the call on theater etiquette?" He also points out that while theater needs to attract younger...

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Experience

Please Take Our Etiquette Survey & Enter to Win an Apple Watch

We're polling a select group of Goldstar members about some of the most common live event etiquette conundrums -- and we need your help! As a thank you, we’re entering you into a drawing for an Apple Watch Sport (42mm)! Questions include things like: • Is texting ever OK during a live theatrical event? • When a theater's packed, who gets the armrest? • When squeezing into a row of seats, which side of your body should face those you're scooting past: the "butt-side"...

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