Do you meet interesting people if you go to shows alone?

StephanCasey
Stand-by
joined:6/22/14
I was looking at an old thread and a lot of people seem to enjoy going to shows alone.

I understand that it makes it easier to see the show without worrying about what other people think but do you meet new people before the show, during intermission etc.

or is it just an awkward situation?

Updated On: 7/1/14 at 09:31 AM
LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
but do you meet new people before the show, during intermission etc.

I try not to.
"Don't patronize me, alright?" - BroadwayStar4
themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10

I try not to, either, but every time I go to a show alone, I seem to make a 2-hour friend. It's annoying more often than not.
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Jane2
Broadway Legend
joined:2/13/04
It's totally up to you. Are you one who likes to meet and interact with new people? If you are, then by all means do! I don't.
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StephanCasey
Stand-by
joined:6/22/14
Why is it that you don't like meeting people though?
LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
Being chatty with a person before a show makes it harder to shush them during it.
"Don't patronize me, alright?" - BroadwayStar4
StephanCasey
Stand-by
joined:6/22/14
Oh okay I see. I understand that you go to a show to see the show but I just assumed people would like the idea of meeting people who share common interest.
Jane2
Broadway Legend
joined:2/13/04
As for me, I"m not a people person. And the reason I'd go to a show alone is to be alone.
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LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
Oh okay I see. I understand that you go to a show to see the show but I just assumed people would like the idea of meeting people who share common interest.

Some people. But I'm an introvert.
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KathyNYC2
Broadway Star
joined:12/2/10
As a rule, I do enjoy talking to those I meet on line or at a lottery... and I have met some interesting people for sure. I have never found a problem talking with someone before hand who is then bothersome during the show...and it's never been awkward for me.

It's a very different experience than say going to a movie alone..which I do on occasion but I don't enjoy as much.

But I often go to the theater alone - because I usually can't plan that far in advance when I have time to go. Because I live so close to the theaters, I just walk over when I have time and take a chance on a lottery or find something else to see. If I do go to a lottery alone, I always see if I can find someone else who is looking for one ticket too and we can double our chances of winning.

inception
Understudy
joined:11/2/13
In New York? I doubt that is possible as the residents of that city are barely functioning human beings.
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neonlightsxo
Broadway Star
joined:7/29/08
In New York, we tend to keep to ourselves and not strike up conversations with strangers. I like to see the show and not have to make awkward small talk with anyone.
skylight2
Understudy
joined:6/13/14
I never really start a conversation with the person next to me unless they talk to me first. Not really a people person.
StephanCasey
Stand-by
joined:6/22/14
@neonlightsxo does your username have anything to do with Demi Lovato.

I know this is completely off topic but I found it so refreshing to see her have a music video all about LGBT rights. She has so many young fans. She really can make a difference to how people think.

Almost 7 million views in 5 days. Unfortunately Broadway can't have that kind of impact.
Demi Lovato - Really Don't Care
StephanCasey
Stand-by
joined:6/22/14
I don't know if I'll ever understand why New York people can be so introverted. It's like a phenomenon
LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
I'm not at all a native New Yorker, though. I just found somewhere where being introverted comes with less of a stigma!

I've met SOME friends through rush or lotto, but that's about it. I generally don't chat up anyone when I'm at a show alone for aforementioned reasons and since unlike lotto I'm not going to be spending an open-ended, open-air several hours with them.
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lauren9739
Swing
joined:5/2/13
I go to the theatre alone quite a bit. My friends in NYC don't love theatre as much as I do so I tend to not ask them to spend their money on it as often. I also work so closely to TKTS it's easy for me to be impulsive.

It all depends on the night. Some nights I just sit quietly and look at my Playbill and no one seems to bother me. But other nights I'm in the mood to talk to the person next to me. I'll strike up some small talk and if that doesn't work out that I continue to read the Playbill or do something on my phone before turning it off. Sometimes the people next to me are very nice. I went to see Cabaret alone a few weeks ago and sat at a 4 person table. The women at the table were all friends and probably about 20+ years older than me and they welcomed me and we had some really interesting conversation before and during intermission. And yes, they were all native New Yorkers and not tourists.

I usually meet the best people waiting on line for rush tickets. Those are the people you are usually stuck with for hours and it makes the day more pleasant if you can occasionally talk to them.

I think it's really a roll of the dice on if you meet great people or obnoxious people. Personally, out of the many times I've gone to the theatre alone I've only had one bad encounter of someone talking to me during the show. But it was easily remedied with asking him to be quiet during the show and that was that.
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
ONE time is an SRO line, I chatted up with someone with whom I am still in contact.

I've also often chatted with others near me, but I don't necessarily LOOK for that. I am confident enough in my being not to worry about others.

I don't mind chatting, but how involved can you get with another person win the ten minutes before the show or the 15 minutes during intermission? It's usually just small talk and I hate small talk.

I HAVE, however, met and maintained nice relationships with people I've met online. And by "relationship" I mean talked to them outside of whatever source we've met and gotten to know them beyond the common beginning.



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Updated On: 7/1/14 at 10:28 AM
neonlightsxo
Broadway Star
joined:7/29/08
"@neonlightsxo does your username have anything to do with Demi Lovato. "
Absolutely not.
fyeahmaria
Chorus Member
joined:11/10/11
I've met a lot of people in rush/SRO lines as well as at stage doors. Sometimes we add each other on Twitter and keep in touch and start going to the theatre together, and help each other with lotteries etc. I find it really great as these people are often as interested in theatre as you.
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StephanCasey
Stand-by
joined:6/22/14
lol. I was just wondering about the whole Neon Lights thing lol.

Idk. I find I'm a bit of a weird kind. I'm introverted in the way that I need my space. I could spend a month alone at home just to get away but when I'm around other people I like to talk a lot.

It's like I have a bubbly personality but I don't thrive off being around other people.
VotePeron
Leading Actor
joined:5/2/13
There are some great people you can meet through rush, lotto, and seeing shows. It's usually 50/50 for me if I chat it up with someone. Most of the time, people in the Rush line tend to be the most annoying, and I try and steer clear of that, but I've made some great friends through lottos.I usually see most of my shows alone.
darreyl102
Broadway Legend
joined:8/23/08
I am a huge people person, so i almost always end up in a conversation with the people sitting next to me. I don't always initiate the conversation, but i always find it interesting to talk to others- especially during intermission, where we can compare opinions and talk about the show. It's a lot of fun. i have NEVER had a problem with people talking to me during the show, once the show starts people hush and watch.
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tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
I hate people as a general rule and hopefully my vibes make that clear to any wannabe Chatty Kathys.

....but the world goes 'round
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
It depends. Sometimes I end up talking to the person next to me for a little bit before the show and at intermission. But I am a HUGE introvert so I am never the one to strike anything up.

"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
Updated On: 7/1/14 at 11:39 AM
ErinDillyFan
Broadway Star
joined:7/14/06
Don't normally go alone. But, in NYC with my wife who was there on business.

Sat next to a guy who owns a jazz club in London. Another, recent MT graduate, checking out Violet before heading north to work summer stock in Maine. Sat next to a nice retired couple from FL, who gave me a tip that Beautiful still had rush tickets available...and another couple from a small town in my home state that, where the wife was an english teacher and directed the high school musicals.

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