When The Theater Has No Air Conditioning

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At the New York Musical Theatre Festival, you really suffer for their art.

There was so little air inside the theater for Flambe Dreams the other night that it was the only place in NYC where it was actually cooler outside.

The show--about a young maitre d' whose father died during a flaming dessert accident--clearly had some cartoony cuteness, a la Enter Laughing, but I couldn't really enjoy it since it seemed like the theater was trying to flambe the audience!

The sight of other audience members frantically fanning themselves and each other with the programs was also a tad distracting--and frustrating too, since not one of the gusts was coming my way to help create a livable situation.

Dripping with sweat and unwilling to strip naked in public, I had to leave at intermission, feeling that this festival is obviously aiming to make the Fringe fest look like a wind tunnel by comparison.

Yet, there's talent up there and hopefully some people will stick it out and even applaud, to help make a breeze.


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mathew_jones
mathew_jones

It might have been very frustrating without an air conditioning inside the theater. You wanted to watch the show but had to leave the show in the midway. Really very sad. 

matthewhardy
matthewhardy

Hi, This is the bookwriter/lyricist of Flambé Dreams.  I don't blame Mr. Musto one bit for leaving the show at intermission. It was unacceptably hot in the theater that night. And truthfully, this review about the condition of the theater is partly responsible for encouraging the festival to take immediate measures to remedy the situation. NYMF rented a large generator/cooling unit, busted a hole in the wall and got the temperature down to a comfortable 75 degrees for our two sold out show last Tuesday. Now that the situation has been corrected we are doing an extension performance this evening at 11 PM. Guaranteed coolness in the theater. I hope everyone who was unable to enjoy the show because of the heat of our first four performances will take this chance to see this wonderful cast who have put so much hard work and SWEAT into bringing Flambé Dreams to life!

Vivi
Vivi

Agreed! If you said you couldn't bear it and had to leave, why would you lie? You've covered shows for decades and sat through thousands of them. Obviously you're a pro, not a wuss, and obviously this time it was beyond uncomfortable for you--you couldn't stand it, whether it had to do with the epilepsy or not. And you were honest about it, and plugged the show anyway! And then in comes this woman to bully you and call you names! She should be ashamed.

Musto
Musto

As I said in my comment "epilepsy or not" it was an untenable situation. My friend doesn't have epilepsy and he couldn't stand one more moment either. So the epilepsy is irrelevant, just an extra factor. It was also hard to concentrate on the play with so many people frantically fanning themselves, as I mentioned. Add the epilepsy and it was truly a horror. But someone who has cancer should not assume no one else has a health problem. No one should.

FredsterNYC©
FredsterNYC©

That's the worst thing to happen to a show. Theaters are either too cold or too hot. AC is a must. I bet it's a decent show too.

Anon
Anon

People... first off I totally agree with Mr. Musto on the conditions in the theater. Unacceptable. I don't have a problem with either your post or your leaving the show. However, you didn't mention having epilepsy in your review, so to accuse someone of bullying or having no concern for your condition is ridiculous. How was she supposed to know about it? Telepathy?  I'm not even going to dignify winstonsalem with a response other than to say... is that really what you think? 

Winstonsalem
Winstonsalem

As Rosie said, "Cancer happens to bad people." You're a horrible bitch.

Musto
Musto

Oh, thank you, Nancy. I guess you have no compassion for the fact that I have epilepsy and honestly felt like one more second and I was going to have a grand mal seizure. Would that have been respectful to the actors? It took every strength I had to hold on to intermission so I wouldn't make a scene, and I did so, out of respect for them. I did what I had to do. And if YOU ever feel sick and oppressed because of your cancer treatments and feel you have to do something for your health's sake, I hope people won't call you a wimp and a wuss. That's disgraceful. Also, maybe there was more air where you were sitting, but there was NONE where I was sitting. It was a dangerous situation (epilepsy or not) and I'm not going to let your bullying wear me down. My friend felt the same way and couldn't bear it. Besides, I said the show had cuteness and even linked to info about it to promote it. So kindly shut up. I'm as far from a wimp as anyone you'll ever met. 

Nancy
Nancy

I was there too. I'm a 62 year old woman who has just completed treatment for cancer and guess what - I sucked it up and stayed through the whole show - in respect for the writers and actors and crew and all involved. It was a fabulous show and the actors were suffering the most. I was not going to let them down by skulking out at intermission. Yes it was hot but my mother didn't raise a WIMP.

Seth Christenfeld
Seth Christenfeld

 I was sitting in the same row you were, Michael--there was an air conditioner, but it's high up on the wall and was right above your head, so even if it had worked well, it would've ben blowing right over you.

Rogie
Rogie

Poor air conditioning in summer? That's like treating the clap with expired medication. There's no excuse for it!

Musto
Musto

PS: I'm now told that there WAS some air conditioning, it just wasn't nearly good enough.

Musto
Musto

PS: It's not like I was mildly uncomfortable and decided to leave. I really felt as if one more second and I might pass out. My friend felt the same way.

Bwaybill
Bwaybill

when this happens I force myself to stay seated out of the respect to the poor actors, but if I feel it's a health issue--i.e., I might collapse--I leave at intermission just like you did. It's an unfair situation all around.

rolph
rolph

"you suffer for their art" LOL.

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