Thank You Dear Reader from the Irish Rep Lobby

By Tulis McCall

Tulis McCall - photo by Colman Domingo

Tulis McCall – photo by Colman Domingo

The other night I was at the theatre (surprise), and as I gave my name to the woman at the Box Office, I overheard someone say, “Are  you with Front Row Center?”

Yes, Yes I am.

“I read it every day,” she said.  “I love it.”

Do you subscribe?

“Nope,” she said.  “I get too many emails.  I’d rather just go there.”

Whatever works, says I.

There are a lot of you out there who do the exact same thing.  We get 5-7,000 hits per month.  None of our writers are paid.  We do this because we love it, and we believe that ultimately it is a transformational event.  And we do this to connect you to the ju-ju that is all over New York.

The CAGNEY company. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

The CAGNEY company. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Cynthia Erivo in THE COLOR PURPLE photo by Matthew Murphy

Cynthia Erivo in THE COLOR PURPLE photo by Matthew Murphy

What happens at one performance will never happen again.  Each one is a combination of the text and every person in the theatre at that moment.  Moreover, you and I will not see the same show, even if we are sitting together AT the same show.  As a friend of mine said, pointing to her head, “It only seats one up here.”  So, in effect, there are as many performances going on as there are people in the audience.

It is a dizzying, magic trick of the highest order – well not always, but even when it is not so very good you can never doubt the intention of the people who are giving themselves to the goal.

So thank you to the woman who bothered to tell me she was a reader.  And thank you all for stopping by.

Tulis McCall
Founder and Publisher

Tulis McCall

Author: Tulis McCall

For my money, the theatre is up there in the ten top reasons to be human. I leave my home and go sit in a dark room with complete strangers and watch actors do their stuff because I want to be inspired. I’m asking to be involved. I’m volunteering to be led down any old path they choose as long as they don’t let go of my hand. And if I see a show, and it is NOT so very good – I will try to divert you, because I don’t want you to come to the temple when the preaching isn’t up to snuff. I will bar the door, I will swing from rafters, I will yell FIRE just to set your feet on a path that does not lead to disappointment. Do something different with your evening I will say. Save your money for dinner with a friend you haven’t seen in months because you are too frigging busy. Go take a walk with your dog or your child or your significant other. Go to bed early, I will say. Don’t come to the theatre when it is less than it can be. I’m an usher snob, and that’s all there is to it.

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