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CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK

Theater audiences are growing older

Next time you’re in a theater in Boston - or down on the Cape, or out in the Berkshires, or on Broadway, or pretty much anywhere, really - take a look around at the audience. Chances are you’ll notice something missing: young people.

What you’re likely to see instead is wave upon wave of gray hair. Most of the seats will be occupied by baby boomers and those of the generation born around the time of World War II. Thirtysomethings will be scarce; twentysomethings will be even scarcer. And teenagers? Don’t ask.

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