Idiots rule the world!
The ballet wasn't great. It was fine, but not great. But at the end, two things happened that annoys me about the theater. First, most of the theater gave the cast a standing ovation. Standing ovations have become pretty standard with theater productions, and it pisses me off. There's nothing really wrong with it (I did not participate), but it's kind of a symptom of what Americans have become - always praising everything to the extreme, no matter the quality of it. I appreciated the ballet company, but I didn't think the dancers deserved a standing ovation. It's kind of annoying.
The second thing that happened was even worse. While the applause was going on, and while the dancers were still bowing, people were leaving. Krys and I noticed this years ago in Portland. The worse time was when we went to the opera, where you would expect people to have a bit more class, and people left. This was the first time we had been to a theater in a while, and apparently this trend is still a trend. I loathe this trend. This is such an insult to the people who perform. I think giving a standing ovation is overpraising, but I certainly don't believe in insulting people who work hard to put on a nice show. There's no excuse for this kind of behavior. I don't care if you have small children - I have a two-year-old, and she didn't need to run out of there! People like this need to be beaten within an inch of their lives. People wonder why Americans have a reputation for being rude. This is one small reason why.
Won't it be nicer when I'm dictator and we can send people who leave theater productions before the bows are finished to the camps?