According to an October 8 email that just came across our desk, Lincoln Center has had an outbreak of bedbugs in the dressing rooms at the David H. Koch Theater. The email is from Mark Heiser, the theater’s managing director, and says that treatment for the problem is under way.
You might think that cybernetic Vikings would be immune to the scourge of bedbugs, but bug-sniffing dogs apparently found the vermin in the carpets and costumes of the dressing rooms. “Please understand that this is an epidemic,” Mr. Heiser writes in his email. “Any signs of bedbug activity should not be considered a sign of an untidy house.”
Mr. Heiser signed the email with the Eugene Field nursery rhyme, “Seein’ Things.” We don’t receive many emails from him, so it’s possible that he signs them all this way, but we have a feeling this was contextual:
I ain’t afraid uv snakes or toads,
or bugs or worms or mice,
An’ things ‘at girls are skeered uv I think are awful nice!
I’m pretty brave I guess; an’ yet I hate to go to bed,
For, when I’m tucked up warm an snug an’ when my prayers are said,
Mother tells me “Happy Dreams” an’ takes away the light,
An’ leaves me lyin’ all alone an’ seein’ things at night!
Must be all those kids moonlighting at Abercrombie and Fitch to finance their big city opera dreams. Our sympathies!