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To the editors:

I have just read an article that was in the 7 December 1990 issue of The Reader on page 49 by Adam Langer and I have to admit that I was a bit baffled by the article. It is too bad that Mr. Langer has nothing better to write using his few journalistic talents because I'm sure that a few persons might have been caused some aggravation because of the article.

First, let me ask why he went to the theater with only sixty dollars in his pocket, when he obviously knew that the tickets were $50.00 apiece. The ticket prices for Phantom have been common knowledge since its premier here. Somehow, I can't imagine some poor chump standing outside trying to sell two tickets he can't use. I have a feeling that for the type of clientele that has been going to those performances, the majority of those people would give those tickets to family, friends or co-workers, rather than stand on the street corner, hawking them.

There is the possibility, however, that maybe Mr. Langer was hoping to find some ticket scalper and buy two tickets for $30.00 each or less, but I'm sure he would not be trying to condone the illegal activity of ticket scalping.

Second, Mr. Langer mentions that the ushers were able to get him in & circumvent the box office. The reality of this is that the box office has absolutely no way of knowing who is sitting in what seats and if, in fact, those seats are occupied. I mean, Mr. Langer, when you sit on a theater seat, it is not connected to a computerized whoopee cushion that lets the box office know instantaneously when you sit down and would obviously sell your seat, when you left just prior to showtime to make that last quick trip to the washroom.

Third, the usher was good enough to get you in, seat you and not even take the money at that time. Now if they wanted to cheat you, I could certainly imagine you standing there waiting for the Phantom of the Ushers to return to seat you after you had given him the money.

It would also have been interesting to see you waiting for the police, so that you could report this congame to them, but, alas, you did get seated in what were apparently good seats, for which nobody else presented a ticket. The people who apparently were going to sit where you were sitting couldn't have been holding tickets to those seats, as there is no doubt in my mind that they would have settled for anything less than what was on their ticket stubs. I'm sure that the likely scenario is that those people were just trying to move to better seats.

Lastly, Mr. Langer, had your mother not liked the play, you could have left prior to the intermission and not had to pay anything, which would have been like a free sample, but you chose to stay.

I have not talked with anyone yet, who hasn't liked the play, but I'm sure that if your mother could raise someone to write ill-conceived articles such as yours, I could understand why she wouldn't like such a stunning production.

It's too bad that you probably got more than a few people in trouble, but one day you'll be admitted into a play on your press pass and then maybe you'll feel a lot better.

Allen Jaglowski

W. Higgins

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