Imagine stepping into the lobby of a chic London theater, dressed to the nines. You might suppose you’d find your fellow theater-goers similarly decked out, equally prepared for an evening of refinement and culture.
When the lights dimmed and the curtain rose, you would hope – no, you
would expect – that this audience would follow the plot with interest, and
applaud at the appropriate moments. During intermission, you imagine, you
might all retire to the lobby for a refreshment and gracious discussion.
BY MARGARET C. JACOB