“Hardly anyone stood up at the end to applaud the show.”
That comment was left by a reader in response to Chris Jones’ review of Beauty and the Beast. This individual was pointing out how disappointed s/he was with the production by noting it didn’t receive a standing ovation.
Yes, I agree the show wasn’t that great, and I would have never, in a million years, considered getting out of my seat to applaud it.
But that’s not the point. The point is: Why do people feel a show needs validation via a standing ovation to be considered “good”? Can’t people form their own opinions? Do they need thousands of people around them standing up and shouting to tell them “Hey! This show must be good! All of us are doing that standing and clapping thing! Woo hoo!”
Or, sometimes people stand and clap for crap just because they feel it’s their obligation, and it somehow validates the price of the ticket. If a show didn’t get a “standing o,” than it must have failed on some level.
(Yes, this is an age-old argument, but sometimes these are worth revisiting.)
I’ve been to plenty of shows, mainly in smaller theatres with more seasoned theatregoers, that were powerful, well-done productions, but we didn’t stand up. We clapped heartily and expressed our gratitude for a job well done, but that was it. Standing was unnecessary. Doing so would have seemed obnoxious — even tacky.
Please, don’t join the masses and stand if you don’t feel a performance isn’t exceptional enough to warrant standing. And, conversely, stand if you feel it warrants a standing ovation!
Whatever you chose to do, don’t base your opinions on what others think. How do you feel about it? Let’s form our own opinions here.
That’s all that really matters.