Joe Biden at the Golden: A Delicate Balance

December 6, 2014 5:17 PM

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Okay. It was my fault. I was late for last night's evening performance. Heavy rain. Snarled traffic on 8th Avenue. By 6 minutes for the 8 o'clock curtain. And was herded into the Golden Theater's foyer to wait 45 minutes till the first intermission for Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. Twenty-five others waited too, with headsets, watching the play on an overhead monitor. Security gave us a pat down, searched our belongings. "Draconian," exclaimed one woman at the theater's latecomer policy, before she stormed off into the storm. "I'm outta here," announced another prior to leaving too. The glass doors began to steam from the heat. The man next to me had rivulets running down his face. As to that monitor, you could not tell Glenn Close from Lindsay Duncan. It was a very expensive ticket.

At 8:50 we were let in, shown our seats. "You're fashionably late," a woman quipped, letting us move past her into the crowded row; she pointed out some theater-goers on the opposite aisle: Joe Biden with Jill, and, if I was seeing right, they were canoodling. I had a glimmer of satisfaction that I ...

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