Star snatches texter’s phone?: Patti Lupone Grabs Phone

Published: July 9, 2015

Star snatches texter’s phone?: Patti Lupone Grabs Phone, Attention, theater patrons: Please shut off your cell phones, or one of our performers will angrily take them away.

During a Wednesday night performance of “Shows for Days” at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, Tony-winning actress Patti LuPone apparently had enough of one audience member who was more glued to the texts on her cell phone than to the show being put on in front of her by real, live actors.

While doing a scene, LuPone reached down and plucked the phone from the spectator’s hands.

I saw Patti LuPone deliver her scene exit line tonight at Lincoln Center & SNATCH A CELL PHONE OUT OF AN AUDIENCE MEMBER’S HAND. #theatre

— CatsPolitics (@CatsPolitics) July 9, 2015
That moment when you see #pattilupone walk off with a girl’s cell during the beginning of Act II cuz she was texting. #badass #showsfordays

— Sarah Oravetz (@moonstone1520) July 9, 2015
LuPone was still steaming Thursday. In a statement, she wondered whether it was worth continuing to do live theater.

“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.

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