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Critical Legroom

June 29, 1991

In the name of fairness, I suggest that future reviews of theatrical performances include the location of the seat from which the critic saw the performance.

I challenge you to go to the UCLA James A. Doolittle Theater, sit in the mezzanine section, Row B, and honestly write that you spent five totally enjoyable minutes during the production of "A Little Night Music" or anything else.

The spacing between rows is so narrow that it takes an unspoken agreement from the persons sitting to your left and right, and their left and right and so on down the row, to shift knees simultaneously. It is impossible for anyone, 5 feet 5 or taller, to sit normally, both knees forward, without having those knees painfully jammed against the back of the seat in front.

This abuse and disregard of the audience is shameful, and it is also unfair to all the creative artists on and behind the stage, who deserve to have their efforts comfortably judged and enjoyed.

SAUL TURTELTAUB

Columbia Pictures Television

Los Angeles

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