How many times do people need to be told not to text and ______?
Do you think Patti LuPone has time to deal with your bullshit? (via Getty)
At Wednesday night's performance of Shows for Days at Lincoln Center Theater, an audience member was texting throughout the play. She was texting during the first act. She was texting during the second act. And she was showing texts from her phone to the person sitting next to her. Actress Patti LuPone was not having it.
As LuPone exited at the end of a scene, she walked up to the woman, grabbed the phone out of her hands, and disappeared. Lupone told the New York Times that at first the woman didn't even realize what was happening, but the audience did:
"Some people gasped when I took the phone. Some people applauded."
I hope future generations look back and consider our society to have a completely naive, uncivilized sense of how to text. Text messaging can be a great option for communicating, but that doesn't mean it's always non-douchey. Like, don't text to break up with someone. And don't text when you are actively watching a play. Most (but not all) people seem to understand that a phone's light and noise can potentially be disturbing, but it's also disruptive to be absorbed in your device when your attention is requested elsewhere. Okay, I'll get off my texting soapbox—for now!—and let Patti LuPone take over. At the next evening's performance, she addressed the audience before the show.
Lupone has said that this issue (phone jackassery) has made her "seriously question" if she wants to work onstage anymore. Don't go, Patti! We need you now more than ever!