The first step for great pictures in a dark theater is to turn off the flash. I know it’s counter-intuitive but using a flash washes out the great colors and results in a poor exposure that is almost always unflattering. A flash in a dark theater is also distracting to audience members and performers alike. Instead, use a higher film speed or “ISO” that lets you capture the action by stage light. This is even easier to do if your camera is equipped with live view displaying more clearly the exposure. (Be careful not to distract other audience members by using it.) Of course, a camera with a longer lens is a must. It makes things more fun to photograph from a seat. — Sean

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