Wednesday February 13, 2008 / 8:00pmSt. Petersburg Ballet: Romeo & Juliet
How was your experience?
The ballet was avant garde with interesting choreography and staging. Very modern with classical overtones. Several moments will linger for a lifetime. The dancers were exquisite. I thought the lighting was very inventive. Beautifully done. The venue needs administrative help. It took over 30 minutes to pick up my tickets in a chaotic scene I have never seen before in L.A. We were seated on time, but many patrons weren't. They allowed seating during the performance so for the first 20 minutes my view was partially obstructed by people going up and down the stairs trying to find their seats in the dark, whispering, using cell phones for flashlights. There wasn't an usher in sight. An astonishing number of patrons talked during the performance and one woman cackled for 5 minutes as she was walking up the stairs, in spite of repeated "Shhhs" from other patrons. My suggestion to others is to pick up their tickets 2 hours before the performance. The clerks at the Will Call windows were efficient and fast. It was due to the logistics of how many people used Will Call and how small the entry way to the theatre was. I was still very glad we went. A real treasure.