As many of you know, one of my pet peeves is cell phones being left on during performances .. Or worse yet being talked on ... or someone sending text messages. We all see the glow of the screen - you're not being discrete, trust me, you think you are but it's impossible for the rest of us to not notice.
It's disrespectful to the rest of the audience and to the performers.
It boggles my mind - why spend $10 or $20 or even $100 on a ticket and then spend the time on the phone? Theater is an escape vehicle for me, so I disconnect completely from technology. I want to be completely focused on the experience.
So what prompted this rant? Vinny Alexander's article - in which he takes a bunch of students to see the Crucible and the following is the result ...
Why? It happens in community theater, it happens on Broadway -Why are people so rude?
"My colleagues and I took 150 high school students to see Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible" at The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. Our English department spends a lot of time studying the works of Miller and we were excited about the opportunity to see one of his most important works staged.
In my opinion, "The Crucible" is a tough piece to perform because of the language and the emotional intensity. I was impressed with the cast and enjoyed watching the play.
Unfortunately, at intermission, the house manager presented me with a handful of cell phones and reported a number of my students were on their phones during the show.
My heart sank.
I was embarrassed and extremely disappointed. The students in attendance were students of theater and literature. They know how to behave. We also asked them to turn off their phones when they entered the theater. What went wrong?" (read more)
I'll leave you with this quote "Whatever happened to fair dealing, And pure ethics, And nice manners? Why is it everyone now is a pain in the ass? Whatever happened to class?"