Concierge Paul Stark Retires From Off Broadway: Exit Interview

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What would you say was the least pleasant interaction you had with an artist or a patron?

Very rarely with an artist. If you're good enough to draw as an artist, you're smart enough to be polite. There are a few that think they are too big for their britches. But they're always pleasant to me, and I think that's because of how I, as a concierge, treat them. It's like life. If you're nice to them, they'll be nice to you.

There have been some patrons who get too rowdy, which is associated with bands that get rowdy. Some bands play that kind of music, and the audience takes the shtick too seriously. At an original music venue, it's actually pretty rare that you have to bounce someone. Maybe if they've had a little too much drink. But at an original music venue people come to hear the music, not to look for a fight or to get laid. But there have been times. I've had eyeglasses broken, a hand broken.

You punched someone?

That was from helping someone exit the venue. So there are a few bruises, but it was so infrequent. Those times when I've had to ask people to leave, I've always tried to present it as being in their own best interest: If you leave now, you might be able to come back again. If you don't go now, you won't be coming back. But it all goes back to that first conversation: Welcome to Off Broadway, glad you're here. I want you to have a good time.

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