by John Stoehr
The performance tonight of The Rite of Spring by a troupe of West African dancers was plagued by lighting and other technical issues. At first, the visual, documentary-style accompaniment wouldn't work. Two dancers took their positions, the house lights went up, and a technician walk on stage while the dancers were still there. Later, the stage went black before the music stopped and before the dancers were finished dancing. This happened again later on before we realized what happened. Then it all got a wee bit irritating. It was a botched job. The dancers couldn't do anything about it. I assume that lighting is an in-house chore, meaning locals are responsible. Without intending to be mean, I have to say that that's unacceptable for the amount of money people were paying for the tickets.