Has anyone seen a show at BAM with an obstructed view?
February 27, 2010 11:03 AM   Subscribe

I really really want to see this play at BAM, but the only tickets left are obstructed views. Is it worth the $52 ticket?

I'm dying to see The Tempest at BAM, but it seems the only tickets left are nosebleed seats waaaay in the back behind the columns. I've gambled with these odds before, and some shows have been fine (just gotta turn your head... like so... and inch to the left and tada, full view!) and some have been, well, obstructed. Has anyone seen a show at BAM behind their columns? Was it manageable? Or should I just remember this as a lesson learned and buy my tickets in advance? I'm pretty poor these days, so $52 is nothing to sneeze at, but I'd rather be poor of wallet than of mind, I guess.
posted by Hwaet to Media & Arts (6 answers total)
Best answer: I saw it. It's great. It's totally worth it, especially for such a word-based play.

It's one of the best Shakespeare productions to come to New York in a long time.
posted by grumblebee at 11:07 AM on February 27, 2010

Best answer: I should be clear and say that my view was not obstructed. But I would have enjoyed the production with my eyes closed, just listening.

The other caveat is that I know the play really well (I'm directing a production of it right now), so I don't need the visuals to help me understand the story.
posted by grumblebee at 11:09 AM on February 27, 2010

Response by poster: Okay, that's all I needed to hear. Ticket purchased for tomorrow night!
posted by Hwaet at 11:23 AM on February 27, 2010

Yikes. Now if you hate it, it's my fault.

I'll refund your $52 if you have a terrible time.
posted by grumblebee at 1:06 PM on February 27, 2010 [8 favorites]

The one show I saw at BAM (Laurie Anderson's United States premier, way back in the early '80s), I had a partially obstructed view behind one of the columns. I thoroughly enjoyed the show despite that, and it is one of my favorite live performance memories to this day.
posted by trip and a half at 2:23 PM on February 27, 2010

Recently had some obstructed-view tickets at the Met. It really depends on the staging, downstage was fine, perhaps better than average. Upstage was invisible. This performance happened mainly downstage.
posted by StickyCarpet at 2:57 PM on February 27, 2010

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