Upon exploring Dublin, I knew the first place I wanted to go check out was Abbey Theater. From previous works, biographies, and etc, I had heard a lot about this theater. One can tell a lot about the history of a place by its theater definitely. Because theater, as a form of entertainment, has a long and complicated history in all areas that it was performed. In early Europe, actors were seen as being in the same level of prostitutes, as theater was a shameful and low-tier form of work. However, just like prostitution, the demand and popularity was still there, as many would go attend theaters to watch plays, musicals, and etc. Seeing its shameful history makes it intriguing to see how popular and revered theater is now, as it is constantly labeled as revolutionary and inspirational.
However, upon entering the establishment, I am surprised at how much all of it is very underwhelming. There are a small set of bright red seats that overlook a screen that seems pretty unaccommodating, as if the side rows would struggle to enjoy the show. An absence of decor, art, or even just simple uniqueness looms over the theater and I’m left wondering if I’m looking at the right theater or simply a stock photo of one.
Thinking further about it, I do understand that my opinion can be heavily biased because of what I am used and exposed to. The glitz and glam of Hollywood has presented me theaters such as the TCL Chinese Theater, and even a trip to California’s Catalina Island has boasted a fancy, solo venue, Avalon Theater, that has gorgeous artwork and painting in the interior. However, I acknowledge that not all of these theaters are going to have the same history, appearance, and meaning, and even in its bland, non-picturesque theater, Abbey Theater still holds much significance and awe in its interior.