Public Comment

New: Berkeley Rep Audience Should Look Smarter

Lori Lorge
Sunday December 07, 2014 - 05:13:00 PM

Call me sentimental that I wanted Kathleen Turner to look the way she did back in the day last night when I went to see the play Red Hot Patriot at the Berkeley Rep (read Body Heat). My disbelief was not suspended this time - but that she is a forceful talent cannot be denied. What struck me the most however, was the bad manners of the intellectual yet sartorially sloppy audience. In the first few minutes of the play there was hissing when a picture of George W. Bush was displayed onscreen. When crass comments were made about other politicians there was whooping. Note to Berkeley audience - it's ok to be smart - AND - pretty - inside and out. Do not be afraid my fellow theatre enthusiasts. I ask you to consider the perfect storm if the care and pride of intellect is also applied to good manners and perhaps a stylish outfit. And maybe some blush. Studied unstudiedness is not a look. Cat calling is déclassé. Do better. Be better. Just sayin.