Broadway Sensation Patti LuPone Takes Away An Audience Member’s Phone Mid-Show Because They Were Texting During Shows For Days!

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UPDATE 6:07 PM EST: Patti issued a statement about why she snatched the texter’s phone, saying:

“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 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ 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. Now I’m putting battle gear on over my costume to marshal the audience as well as perform.”


In case you forgot that you shouldn’t be texting during a broadway show, Patti LuPone is here to remind you!

On Wednesday, the Tony winner put a stop to a persistant texter during the evening performance of her play Shows for Days at the Lincoln Center!

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Reportedly, the American Horror Story alum literally grabbed the cellphone out of the audience member’s hand and took it back stage with her:

This isn’t the first time the 66-year-old called out an audience member for using technology during a show!

During a 2008 revival of Gypsy, the Broadway icon famously stopped mid-song to scold an audience member for taking pictures (audio below)!

We hope this properly warns theatre-goers the dangers of texting in the theatre!

[Image via Joseph Marzullo/WENN.]

Jul 9, 2015 1:34pm PDT

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