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re: Is it weird to want to see a play a LOT, like 9 times or more?
Posted by: mikem 11:41 pm EST 12/05/19
In reply to: re: Is it weird to want to see a play a LOT, like 9 times or more? - Delvino 10:27 pm EST 12/05/19

Delvino, that is a very perceptive comment about the distinction between guilt and self-consciousness. Before social media changed the whole stage door thing, if I was particularly taken with a play, I would sometimes buy the windowcard and try to get the whole cast to sign it as a nice souvenir of a memorable experience. But sometimes the whole cast would not come out, and I would go back later to get the missing signatures, sometimes that evening if I saw the matinee.

Back in the Dark Ages (ie, more than 5 years ago), there weren't that many people at the stage door, particularly for a play, and if I came back that night or the next day, I was very self-conscious that cast members would recognize me and think I was one of those stage-door-Johnnie stalker types. But I realized that, on the rare occasions that someone did recognize me, I was pretty clearly harmless and no one cared. I realized the cast has other things to do with their lives than ponder anything about me for more than 5 or 10 seconds.

It's not weird to want to see a show a lot. Plenty of people listen to the same song several times a day, and no one thinks that's strange. Plenty of people have seen their favorite movie over and over again, or eaten their favorite meal over and over again, and no one cares. If you like the show, see it as many times as you want to. Does the cast and crew realize you're there over and over again? It sounds like they probably do, but it also seems pretty clear that they don't think you're a stalker or dangerous to them in any way. No one cares (in a good way) that you're there. Go and enjoy.
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