Friday, December 10, 2004

Mary Poppins - Ages 7 and Up

A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, but if you're under 7, you may have to just rely on the Julie Andrews movie to teach you that lesson. According to Playbill Online, the producers of the upcoming stage version of Mary Poppins have decided to ban children under 3...and suggest that children under 7 should not come either.

I don't know how the masses feel, but I say bravo! I don't know about you, but I'm not about to spend upwards of $100 to place a squirming 2-year-old in a seat and try to keep them quiet for 2-3 hours. And...for those toddlers who would sit quietly, an even smaller subset would remember that theatergoing experience.

I know that children mature at different rates, so I think it's also a good idea to put in the 7 and under advisory. At that point, it's the parents' decision to see if it would be a worthwhile experience for the child (and in the best interest of those seated around the child).

The question remains...why can't more shows implement something like this? I know at least the West End would be a much better place if they implemented a ban on people 120 years of age and younger from Jerry Springer - The Opera. Can someone please shut that show down?

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