We were in the nosebleed section of the Winspear Opera House, because when I bought the tickets I looked at how much it cost to sit in a section where we could actually see the faces of Carl Kasell, Peter Sagal, and the panelists instead of the top of their heads, and decided that our commitment to public radio wasn't that much, and got the cheapest seats. Which were technically obstructed: in other words, while we weren't the highest-seated people there, we were still on the 5th level, and in a single row off to the side, which meant we had to lean forward and peer over the balcony edge to see any of the stage. Which wasn't too bad. On the bright side, when we got tired of leaning forward, we could lean back in our seats and it was just like we were listening to it on the radio!
I snapped a couple of blurry pictures of the Opera House with my phone before the show started.
You can get an idea of how this theatre is built straight up, instead of straight out. If you're acrophobic in any way, not so good, but if you're not, the rows of seats are staggered enough that you're not going to get someone sitting in front of you blocking your view at all, as long as you're not in orchestra seating on the floor below.
The hanging chandelier in the first pic is made of hanging tubes of light, which all retract into the ceiling when the show starts so your view is unobstructed.
The show was sold out. The guest they had on to play Not My Job was Erykah Badu (a Dallasite--they try to get celebrities with local connections when they do shows on the road), and when Peter Sagal was introducing her to the panelists, he turned to the audience and said, "And here are all the liberals in Dallas!" Cue much laughter and cheering. And then he said, "I lie. Some of them are from Fort Worth." Cure more cheering.
The panelists were Paula Poundstone, Tom Bodett, and Kyrie O'Connor. They do the show in about 2 hours, then re-record lines they fluffed during the main taping, then stay for a short Q&A. Toby and I decided that our hour drive back to Fort Worth was more important than the Q&A, so we left during the re-recording part.
Anyway, if you listen to Wait Wait and happen to catch it this weekend, or download the podcast, two very tiny parts of all the applause during the show belong to me and Toby.
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