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Subject: Re: the real final night at the old Met 1966
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:34:35 -0400

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I have never mentioned backstage facilities, but I will say that
whatever their shortcomings, they didn't interfere with more than
half a century's worth of magnificent performances.  Nor did
complaints begin to proliferate until it was decided that they
might be a good way to help in instigating a move.

No matter where I sat in the old place, I was never behind a post;
it just doesn't work that way, and I have numerous clear 8x10 photos
to prove it.  The trouble with seats on the side of any theater, new or
old, is that views of the stage are obstructed, partially or seriously,
depending on how high up you go.    That is why, after the remedy
Richard Wagner demonstrated at Bayreith, no horseshoe theater
should ever have been built again.


On Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 12:56 PM, Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Donald Kane wrote:
> "I defy you to produce a single photo showing "pillars" on every level. Do
> you even know
> what a pillar is?"
> Yes, in fact, I do, have for some time.  From one dictionary: "A tall
> vertical structure of
> stone, wood, or metal, used as a support for a building, or as an ornament
> or monument.
> Synonyms: column, post, support, upright, baluster, pier, pile, pilaster,
> stanchion, prop,
> newel."  I presume you are quibbling about my calling them "pillars"
> rather than "posts" or
> "columns."  Now, if I had called them "caryatids," you might be able to
> object, as none of
> the supports had ladies draped in togas.  But "pillar" is a perfectly
> acceptable descriptive
> word for the uprights that supported the balconies of the Old Met.
> As to your first point: the pillars/columns/posts/caryatids - call them
> what you want, it's all
> the same thing (well, ok, not Caryatids, no women in togas) - can be seen
> in numerous
> photos of the Old Met on Google Images.  There is also a clear view of the
> house with the
> pillars on the Wikipedia page for "Old Met."  That they were there and
> partially obstructed
> the view from many seats was attested to in the recent documentary "The
> Opera House," by
> none other than former House Manager Alfred Hubay, who should know.
> I really don't know why are you are even quibbling about this.  Perhaps to
> avoid dealing
> with the physical impracticability, if not impossibility, of bringing the
> backstage facilities of
> the Old Met up to an acceptable modern standard.

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