When a live performance event is good, they’ve gotta have it. They = the audience.
When it’s good, whatever “it” is, they, the audience, come from over hill and dale. They come because they must have this experience. Because there’s nothing else like live performance. When it’s good.
We’re used to people camping night and day for tickets to see The Who or The Grateful Dead or Wilco or the Seahawks.
But theatre does not usually see such pandemonium. Unless it’s Hamilton.
If you’ve hit the Bricks in Ashland lately, you may have noticed scores of people with signs waiting outside theatres trying to find a ticket – any ticket. In fact, the impulse to make a “Tickets wanted” sign is now such a normal part of the daily routine in Ashland that the OSF box office is making signs for people! Now that’s service.
This is good. This is how it should be. A ticket to see David Kelly or Miriam Laube or Kimberly Scott or Kevin Kenerly live in Ashland should be in demand. BIG TIME. Because there is nothing else like this. This is the show you have been waiting for.
When it’s good, the only crisis of the American theatre today is how can we fit more people in the room, where will they all sleep, where will they all wait in line and not block traffic, and is there enough food in town to feed them?
They’ve gotta have it. And this summer in Ashland, they’re coming for it.