jjbkvm, it sounds like that contrast between the sunny, colorful outdoors and the world of the play is what they were looking for, although if it's nighttime and rainy, maybe Nora would just rather stay inside! Almost as soon as the door opened, someone was honking at my performance.
KCforBway, according to the seating charts, the left sections probably start at similar places in the orchestra, mezzanine, and balcony (although the front half of the orchestra doesn't have side seating). If you couldn't see the action in A1, then basically everyone in the left seats can't see it. That's pretty bad. It doesn't look like there's any price difference between right and left side seating.