|Photo: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera|
To see the show is to know why -- an amazing operetta. Lighter than full opera, lots of dialogue, in English, the musicians a mix of broadway and opera -- now that is a charm in itself.
On the way out I heard the man behind me tell his wife, we don't have to hurry. I looked around and could see why. In many cases one of the couples was helping pull the other of that couple up, helping them to get out of the seat. Many needed to hang onto a bannister or onto the person next to them. If someone had yelled fire, the exit would still have been orderly, because the speed we were going at, while walking, is still our top speed.
The third act at Maxims was so much fun that I felt I could sing and dance when I left the theaytr. I had to remind myself, not I can just watch people sing and dance. From now on, my only participating will be the tapping of my toe, which was still a lot of fun.
There is an "offish" review in the Telegraph
Despite what they say, it was still worth every penny.