Posted by Jessamyn on September 10, 1997 at 11:47:39:
In response to Applause Would Be..., written by Cassia on September 09, 1997 at 19:59:31
] ] Does any one know how people showed their appreciation of a performance in a smaller, private gathering such as in a person's home at a dinner party? In England, do people give standing ovations? Would they have during the Regency? Would they at a smaller gathering as I mentioned above? Thanks! EL
] Applause would be enough, in a small space a standing-O would be looked upon as ostantaeous (sp?). We don't go that far even today.
Standing ovations have always been a pet peeve of mine. I've participated perhaps twice in my life. My fellow Americans are such sheep! One person rises and, dutifully, everyone else in the room follows. My problem with this is that SOs are becoming so commonplace, they don't mean anything any more.
They're supposed to happen only when you're so bowled over by a performance that you find yourself leaping to your feet in excitement and approbation. If you take the time to put your program down first, or if you have to think about it, you shouldn't be doing it!
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