Wicked Update

Friday night Greg and I went to see Wicked.  As I mentioned in my last post, I have been waiting 6 years to see it.  The night started out great.  My mom came to watch Asa, Greg whisked me off to Zinc and we had a nice dinner (review coming soon).  We then went to Popejoy and had to fight the crazy parking garage and the people in it (actually, getting there wasn’t too bad, it was getting out that was a nightmare).  After parking ($7! Whaa!) we went into the theatre and got the headsets for the show.

Now, most people that know me know I have a hearing loss.  What a lot of people don’t know is that different venues have assistive listening devices to help those with hearing loss better enjoy the show.  In December Greg and I saw The Color Purple.  I used the headsets then (I prefer not to use a T-coil, but that is another story for another time) and they were GOOD.  Not good.  But GOOD.  My only complaint is I maxed out the volume and wanted a little more.  Okay, I lied.  There were two complaints.  One was the volume and the other was the comfort.  These headsets made my ears so sore I had to take them out, massage my ears, let them rest, and then replace them.

“Why Shannon,” you may be asking yourself, “how ever did you fix the problem?”  That’s a great question my friends.  I did what most hard of hearing people who don’t like T-coils very much should do.  I called my audiologist (she’s bomb people, if you have hearing needs, go see her! Albuquerque Hearing Associates– and no, this is not a paid endorsement.  I really like her that much!) and asked to get some ear molds made to use with the headsets so I could enjoy Wicked.  The people at her office really pulled through and I had them with plenty of time to see the show.

Now back to the kiosk.  We went to the front, gave them our ID (well Greg did) and they gave us TV ears.  I have nothing against TV ears, at home, but at a theatre it is BAD news.  They don’t have a strong enough signal, you have to have a direct line of sight to the transmitter or you lose the sound.  I decided to give it a shot.  Low and behold, the opening number, STATIC.  There was lots and lots of STATIC.  I was bummed.  I had been so impressed with the Color Purple, it made me really stoked to hear Wicked with the headsets and new ear molds.  Alas, the Wicked sound guy told Popejoy they couldn’t use the new headsets (the good ones) because it was interfering with the sound system.  Hogwash!  Greg explained it all to me, but I don’t really care to write about it.  So at intermission we returned the headsets (with about 15-20 other people with the same complaint) and got a different pair.  The lights went down and, STATIC.  Talk about annoying and disappointing.

Needless to say, the show was good.  The costumes were AMAZING.  The set DIVINE.  The sound, arguably the most important part, CRAP.  Sorry.  It’s just the way I see it as someone that doesn’t hear much anyway.  I wish Popejoy would have fought for the newer headsets.  It is what it is.  At least I had a GREAT night with my hubby!


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