the Harvey Theater at BAM is a fucking nightmare. when i first walked through the door, even as a relatively young relatively healthy person who gets a lot of exercise, i was completely stunned by the nearly vertical flight of stairs rising 2-3 stories straight up. i thought a) is this a public safety hazard? there’s almost nothing to keep anyone from plummeting all the way down, and b) i wonder if some people don’t make it and just turn back? the stage is floor-level, but the balcony tiers are on an almost totally sheer incline and incredibly narrow, and we were just about eye-level with the lighting rigs. the guy behind me would not stop sticking his foot through the back of my chair, and every time he did i was almost sure i would fall straight down to the floor. having to do so much as applaud was absolutely terrifying. negativepleasure and i both admitted to each other that we were intermittently seized with a fear of falling for the duration of the show.