The illusion of theater: What you see isn't always the whole story

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 04:07 PM Written by 

I got a couple of calls about something I wrote that put a new perspective on what we see as an audience and what's happening behind the scenes.

I originally ended the story about the Pittsburgh Playwrights show "SOLD: Renn Woods (A Concert in Rhythm and Blues)":

"Music was provided by a talented quartet including drummer George Heid III, who kept us waiting Saturday night -- ah, those drummers. When he arrived about 10 minutes after starting time, he joined ..."

Turns out, that wasn't what it seemed at all.

I had thought nothing of it. I've been to productions big and small that have started much later than that. Ms. Woods, who admitted having a thing for drummers, teased Mr. Heid about it during the show. No one was annoyed. It was a soggy night and there was tons of traffic. Stuff happens.

For a talented young musician like Heid, though, it was an affront to say that he was late to a gig, especially when he had answered a call to take fellow musician Tony Campbell to the show and had to scramble to park on a night when the Pittsburgh Cultural District was buzzing. Campbell said he even spoke to Ms. Woods, just to make sure everyone understood what had happened.

My eyes deceived me that night, and I hope this makes amends.

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