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Boorish, but not boring

Posted at 11:36 AM on May 22, 2007 by Don Lee

They may be inconsequential, but these little dramas are fascinating for what they reveal--raw humanity erupting in the most civilized of surroundings.

In Boston they've been talking for two weeks about an exceptional example: a fight in the balcony at Symphony Hall. One guy was talking during a Boston Pops concert. Another guy asked him to stop. A wrestling match broke out.

In a follow-up, The Boston Globe collected some horror stories about rude audience behavior from various concert- and theater-goers.

In a similar vein, a writer for London's Financial Times recounts his misadventures in the audience over the past season at The Metropolitan Opera.

Is it just an East Coast thing? Does Minnesota Nice make us immune?