Broadway legend Patti LuPone grabs phone from woman texting mid-show

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Broadway actress Patti LuPone gave an impolite woman who was texting throughout her play Shows for Days the ultimate lesson in theater etiquette in the middle of the show. During a performance of the play at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City on Wednesday night, she snatched the cellphone from the woman while exiting her scene — without otherwise breaking character. LuPone, who was won two Tony Awards and two Grammys, later issued a raging statement on the incident, writing, “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. 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.” The actress has made her frustration with cellphone-using audience members known before, most famously in 2009, when she stopped in the middle of a song during a performance of Gypsy to scold an audience member who was snapping photos. And in case you were wondering, according to Gothamist, the incessant texter did get her phone back after the show.

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