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How do the 1% of you who receive cell phone calls during a performance not yet realize what terrible people you are?

From Tracy Letts' Steppenwolf Theatre blog, on the fucking idiots who occasionally show up at theatrical performances. Read the whole thing, because it's funny. And, on the off chance that you are one of the people who does these horrible things, stop it.

Which reminds me -- last night, during the opening scene of Black Diamond at Lookingglass, an audience member's phone rang (after several notices to everyone to make sure their phones were turned off). The actors actually asked each other -- in character -- what the noise was. Then, a few moments later as the scene came to a close and they were gathering up their prop cameras and bags to leave the stage, the American journalist character asked the Irish cameraman character, "Did you turn off your cell phone?" The reply: "Yes, I don't want to be an arsehole."

Of course, the ringing is bad enough, but I've seen people actually answer their phones during plays, including one woman who said to her invisible friend, "Nothing. I'm at a play or something. What are you doing?" How there are not more bludgeoning crimes in this world is a mystery to me.

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