Reviews for State Theatre Center for the Arts, The: 3
John Tesh Big Band Christmas
By A Yahoo Contributor, 12/16/11
The State Theater in Easton, PA has interior decor that dates back to the early 1900's. It is a work in progress, but the seats are pretty good. The seats are narrow, and both of my hands were crisscrossed and holding onto my legs to avoid making contact with the people next to me.
It was a great show, with an incredible cast of musicians who are at the top of their class. Very good backdrop lighting with a professional touch of smoke infused lighting for the stage.
John's humor is quite dry, and should consider having Steve Martin in his cast. Everyone in the band had dark suites, as did John. He, being the lead performer for the evening would have looked better in a cream colored jacket. with a burgundy tie. John, you need to stand out from the rest.
A really good assortment of music with that big band sound. With our party of 4 located in the center of the theater, we were the ones who heard the best of the brass because they were aiming straight at our direction. The drummer was one of the finest ones that I had encountered. His skills have the sound of something you would hear from a Cirque du Soleil performance. Top notch sound, and he makes it look effortless.
Tesh only finished with one last christmas song, after his 3 song arrangement from some of his albums. I felt cheated with that ending. 2 more songs would have been better, with the last one being, "There is no place like home for the holidays". (.......Pennsylvania and that homemade pumpkin pie.} You were playing in Pennsylvania, and it would have been a nice touch.
Now for what went bad. The State Theater sells alcohol to anyone, at any time. The couple sitting to the left of me were the problem. She, the girl next to me was kind and stayed mostly quiet. But, her boyfriend was totally out of control. He was loud and boisterous from the start. He complained that he already spent $39 on alcohol as he was sitting down.
Once the show started, he was loud and wouldn't stop talking. Everyone was annoyed and hoping he would fall asleep. Fat chance that was going to happen. A man in front of him turned around to give him a look, and then he turned back again. The drunk made a comment to his girl about the person who turned around, and said he would hit him if he did it again.
Half way through the first half, they both got up and went back to the watering hole for some more booze. They were there for about a good 20 minutes, and came back to sit in their seats. He kept on his tirade, while she was trying to keep him quiet. Before intermission came, they both got up and went back to the watering hole.
At Intermission, I stood up and listened to the other people who were standing up.
When I told them that he made a comment on hitting the guy who turned around, they were all the more upset. The one man, who's wife was sitting next to the drunk, switched places with her so he could sit next to the guy.
Well, it didn't matter to the drunk. He came back almost falling over everyone. He would pretend snoring loudly, laugh at it and do it again. When he started putting the F work into his sentences, that is when I stepped in. Everyone in the section was yelling at him and telling him to leave. It took a minute of the surrounding patrons getting on his case, and me getting in his face, before they left.
People that I never knew, patting me on the back, and wishing me a merry christmas.
The State Theater needs to sell to anyone who wants to drink booze, 2 prepaid tickets for each adult, and make that the limit. State Theater, the fault is yours because of your greed for money. He may have spent over $100 in drinks, but you probably lost 15 other adults who didn't need to put up with it.
It spoiled my evening, and the evening of over a dozen others. I will definitely not recommend this place to others.
my boyfriend and i recieved tickets for christmas for a show, and we;re soooo happy to have a night out, we haven't been there since we were kids! we got there, and on our way in...the concession stand was there, with the lady saying that because the show was only an hour, there would be no intermition and to buy refreshments if we wanted them. so we got mineral waters and snacks...while waiting, we ate our snack, we were hungry...and then the doors open to be seated...we got in line, gave our tickets to the usher, and i started to move into the theatre, i turn around to see that my boyfriend was being held at the door with the usher! i walked a few steps back, and he said the drinks could not be brought in! at that point, i'm wondering why they haven't said anything to us before hand, or at the concession stand. so we walked back and proceeded to through away our unopened drinks(at 3 dollars a drink! for water!), and headed back to the door....at which point the usher looked at us and rudely said, "you didn't hide that somewhere on you, did you?...because if you did, you will be kicked out!" we said no, and proceeded to our seats....as we look around, there are people walking in with food and waters! and we are furious! we just wasted money! and i started to look inside the book they gave us and it said, only water(which is all that is sold at the concession stand) would be aloud in the theatre! at this point, it was only going to be an arguement! and obviosly this is going to spoil our night! instead of getting into an arguement, we left!!! not only were we mad about loosing the money on the drinks, and others aloud to bring them in, but we also felt disrespected! we will never be going there again! they need better customer service, nicer people, and signs up...if things can't be brought in, or at least the lady at the concession stand should have said something!
The State Theatre in Easton,Pa. is great. A beautiful little theatre that has all kinds of fun shows,concerts and comediens to see . Plus, Porter's Pub is right up the street, where you can get a pint or a bite to eat. It's all good!
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