Listening Room: Over the Rhine at The Ark

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“Sorry, I have dry fingers,” says the woman at will call as she rifles through a stack of tickets. It’s freezing out tonight, and the wind blows through the open doors. I hope the ticket takers don’t have to sit here much longer. No wonder this woman’s fingers are dry.

I’m seated in the first row of the theater flip-down seats. In front of me is an aisleway beyond which is an open area with…