Student or Learner
Dear teachers there are three things in this excerpt I cannot quite understand:
"The appeal of unpleasantness is not necessarily lowbrow.
In 2008, the New York Times had a discussion of Blasted—a
very popular play, with sold-out performances and superb reviews.
The article discussed a scene in which one man rapes another, and
then sucks out his eyeballs and eats them. The audience for this
play is older, sophisticated, and well-off; they are not hooting adolescent boys trying to out-macho one another".
1) "The appeal of unpleasantness is not necessarily lowbrow" : I can't work out what this can mean.
2) "older": is this comparative gramatically correct? "older" than whom? Should it not be "old"?
3) Does "hooting" mean "rumorous/shouting"?
Thank you in advance,