Saturday December 18, 2010 / 7:30pmThe Nutcracker
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
How was your experience?
The dancing was very good, the sets were beautiful, the special effects and overall pageantry were terrific, and the orchestra added much. Unfortunately the venue was awful -- as late as 5 minutes before the show was to start there was a long line around the building with two harried women handing out will call tickets. I am ill and needed to take the elevator -- I asked a ticket-taker where the elevators were -- he directed me to them -- both were not operating. Because time was of the essence, I struggled up endless stairs to the top floor. Sitting in the balcony a young man about 6' tall was sitting in front of me; his head blocked half the stage, even though he was sitting properly and had regular hair. What a change when I moved to another seat during intemisson. It doesn't help to have a very good show which you can't see.