Patti LuPone is not one to shy away from teaching people manners, even when she’s in the middle of working!
During her July 8 performance of Douglas Carter Beane’s Shows for Days at the Lincoln Center, LuPone reportedly took a phone out of the hands of a texting audience member.
In light of the incident, a frustrated LuPone released the following statement to explain her actions:
“We work hard on stage to create a world that is being totally destroyed by a few, ride, 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. 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.”
LuPone is famous for not tolerating disruptions or rudeness during shows. In 2008, she stopped a performance of Gypsy to yell at an audience member for taking pictures. She had refused to continue until they stopped.
Several witnesses took to Twitter to praise the Tony and Grammy award-winner for not tolerating the behavior.
“Without breaking character, Patti LuPone snatched a rude woman’s phone and walked offstage at Shows for Days tonight. Will they never learn,” one on-looker tweeted.
Voice actor Gina Dz also commended LuPone, “Patti LuPone is my hero. I strive to be cool enough to grab a cell out of someone’s hands while I’m performing one day.”
Well, if Patti is putting on “battle gear” to fight this cell phone addiction, then it looks like she has an army right behind her.