Florian Duijsens

Florian Duijsens ist Literaturredakteur beim EXBERLINER und lebt in Berlin.

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11. Mai 2011 - 17:00 Uhr

Booing, wtf?

Srsly, what’s up with booing? Just as at The Cherry Orchard’s Berlin premiere on Monday, Tuesday’s matinee had a few audience members loudly decrying Schauspiel Köln’s performance just as its (in this case metaphorical) curtains fell. Now I understand booing hateful politicians, or perhaps particularly dumb plot twist fails in summer blockbusters, but actual performers working their asses off on stage?

I always assumed that involved a similar social contract to restaurant tipping, or at least the Euro version thereof: you base your tip on the service’s level of excellence, leaving none for insulting or careless waiters, and storming out without paying in case of severed fingers in your soufflé.

Applause works the same: the usual few rounds for a solid show, bravo/as for amazingness, and storming out all huffed up in cases of unadulterated boredom or insult. Boos, then, would seem to me reserved for instantaneous protesting of specific on-stage abominations, a botched monologue or slaughtered lamb, perhaps. Weiterlesen »