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Walking out during intermission

Intermission at a large concert hall.
Intermission at a large concert hall.
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Have you ever left a theater performance, concert, play or opera at the intermission? Some people feel fine about getting up during the intermission and never coming back. Others stay until the bitter end no matter what, as a courtesy to the performers, even if they are deadly bored or miserable. To avoid intermission walkouts theater managers and artistic directors are tweaking their performances to eliminate the break. In most traditional opera performances there are two intermissions which gives an antsy audience double the chance to walk.


Is it appropriate to change the structure of an opera by eliminating one intermission in order to keep folks in their seats? As a performer, when you see that people have left during intermission, how does it make you feel? When you go to the theater, do you feel duty bound to stay until the end?