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Theater is the wrong place for politics

In this image made from a video provided

In this image made from a video provided by Hamilton LLC, "Hamilton" actor Brandon Victor Dixon who plays Aaron Burr, the nation's third vice president, speaks from the stage after the curtain call in Manhattan, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Credit: AP

Yes, freedom of speech is what makes the United States the greatest country in the world. What about respect?

There is a time and place for everything, but at a play such as “Hamilton,” people just want to enjoy their night out [“Pence unfazed by ‘Hamilton’ speech,” News, Nov. 21]. How disrespectful of the cast to insult our vice president-elect when he came to support their play.

Gail Cangro, South Huntington

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The theater is no longer a sacred place. From this day forward, when you purchase your theater ticket and take your seat, be prepared to hear a range of views from the stage which may or may not be related to the performance.

I recall seeing Tom Selleck, a fervent gun-rights supporter, on Broadway. He didn’t take that opportunity to lecture the audience about his concerns or positions regarding the National Rifle Association.

The theater is not the place for that stuff.

Jay Coster, Garden City

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My hope is that social media might be the choice to continue the debate if an individual is unable to move on.

To use a night out at a concert or the theater as a political platform seems unfair to other patrons.

Some people work long hours to be able to afford a rare retreat at such a special event. Once in a while, everyone deserves to escape the constant fracas and to celebrate the good things about this country.

Maybe this season, as we celebrate family and friends, we can remember Maya Angelou’s verse, “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”

Donna Panzarino, Rockville Centre

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