In a post yesterday evening, New York Times blogger James Oestreich writes about the renovations Spoleto is undertaking of Memminger Auditorium and, once the festival is over, the Dock Street Theatre. He notes that the Dock Street will be out of commission for the next two festivals, and all its programming is to be directed to the new and improved Memminger, whose upfit is expected to be complete by next year’s festival. The Dock Street is limping along for the moment, but only just. “The goal here is to shore up the structure and make badly needed cosmetic and acoustical repairs,” Oestreich writes. “‘There are strange holes all over the building,’ said the theater’s technical director, Greg Eddins.”
He’s not kidding. Reports from yesterday’s performance of L’ile de Merlin tell us the 8pm show was delayed almost 45 minutes because of leaks caused by the maelstrom whipping through Charleston last night. Opera-goers could hear the water dripping in the theatre while they waited, and once the show started, the theatre doors banged open and shut, poltergeist-style, from the howling wind outside throughout the performance.
Wait a minute. Isn’t the hurricane supposed to happen in Mahagonny?