IF YOU CANT LIVE WITHOUT YOUR CELL PHONE PLEASE STAY HOME! A STANDING OVATION FOR ACTRESS PATTI LUPONE!


A scene from “Shows for Days” with, from left, Dale Soules, Patti LuPone and Michael Urie.    CreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times

Yes, this is America!

Yes ,it is your cell Phone!

Yes, you can use it anytime you want it!

Obsession, absence of self control.  Not sure what it is.  There are some people who can not function without their cell phones.

For these people, turning it off for 5 minutes is not an option, they could miss an invaluable picture of two kittens.

If your in a theater, or at a quiet concert, you see them, cell phones glowing in the dark. After paying $200 for a ticket, they are clicking, Intragramming, Facebooking, or texting during a show or performance.

A few days ago, Broadway royalty Actress Patti LuPone grabbed a phone during a scene. 

From the New York Times :

At Wednesday’s matinee of the Douglas Carter Beane comedy “Shows for Days,” in which Ms. LuPone plays a small-town theater diva, four cellphones went off, twice from the same phone. It created, as Ms. LuPone put it, “a cacophony of noise.”

So Ms. LuPone was on edge by the evening performance at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. And when the woman seated at the end of the second row texted — and texted and texted — during the show, Ms. LuPone took action. Without breaking character, Ms. LuPone walked into the audience and took the woman’s phone. “She didn’t know what was going on,” Ms. LuPone said in a phone interview on Thursday. “I should be a sleight of hand artist.”         (The phone was returned after the show.)

She was still angry the following day and said” We work hard on stage to create a world that is being totally destroyed by a few, rude, self-absorbed and inconsiderate audience members who are controlled by their phones,” she said. “They cannot put them down. When a phone goes off or when a LED screen can be seen in the dark it ruins the experience for everyone else — the majority of the audience at that performance and the actors on stage.

“I am so defeated by this issue that I seriously question whether I want to work on stage anymore,” she added. “Now I’m putting battle gear on over my costume to marshall the audience as well as perform.”

Here in Sacratomatoville, I tripped over a cord that was plugged into a wall during a performance in a small theater.

                           Recently in New York, an audience member tried to charge a phone during a performance.                                                  (what they didn’t realize, the outlet didn’t have power)

Alamo Drafthouse, a small movie chain based in Austin, Texas has no tolerance  for phone users in its theaters.

We do live in America, land of the free and I respect your right to use your cellphone anytime you want.  However, if you really need to glance at your phone every few minutes.  PLEASE (and I really do speak for a lot of people who have shelled out big bucks to see the performance with the lights lowered)   Please!!!  do us a monumental favor and stay your ass at home!

For the Full New York Times Story (Click The Link Below)

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/10/theater/hold-the-phone-its-patti-lupone.html?_r=0

“Perhaps there should be a phone section where they can annoy each other”

CityFella

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5 thoughts on “IF YOU CANT LIVE WITHOUT YOUR CELL PHONE PLEASE STAY HOME! A STANDING OVATION FOR ACTRESS PATTI LUPONE!

  1. Good for her. I remember this the next time I get a little too self-absorbed with my cell phone in a public place.

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