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The Sound of One Man Clapping

The world’s most expensive theater ticket makes you the star of the show— and the only person in the audience



CONFESSION: I AM THAT ANNOYING, low self-control boor at a play or movie constantly nudging his wife and snark-whispering while the room rocks with laughter (which is why she sits two seats away whenever possible). In a perfect world, I’d be alone in an empty theater, with no one giggling at pratfalls within five nautical miles of me.

Well, I must have been chanting to the right graven images, as I recently found myself the one and lonely audience member in a warehouse/ performance space in downtown Los Angeles—and not because the rest of the city was stuck in traffic or getting their bliss on in a kabala/Pilates class. My fellow Angelenos couldn’t have come even if they’d wanted to, for I was the evening’s only invited guest.

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