Bad Theater Behavior

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Bad Theater Behavior#1026
Posted: 11/19/19 at 8:25am

Referencing a comment above---I HATE when people say "I paid -x- amount of money for my ticket, I'm entitled to record/take photos". Um, No. Incorrect. I don't care if you paid to sit front row at Hadestown, that does NOT ever entitle you to record a show. 

 

But I also have a question regarding this topic...I know in Six they say you can record the end of the show, but is this also allowed at Moulin Rouge!? I've seen SO MANY videos from that show that it makes me wonder if you're told you can film the show or if the audience just doesn't care at all that it's 100% against theater rules to record a show....

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Posted: 11/19/19 at 10:16am

I've been reading this thread on and off for years, and having seen my share of bad behavior at the theater over the years, decided after an experience this past Friday to finally post one I had to deal with sitting right next to me, and earlier in the performance of "Greater Clements". The lengthy show is three acts with two 10 minute intermissions, and the third act seems endless. A middle aged man behind me had licorice in a very thick plastic bag which he kept rattling all throughout the first act. I was able to catch a glimpse of it during the first intermission.

The young woman next to me seemed to have no clue about what "personal space" is, flicking her coat onto my lap throughout the second act, and during the intermission, bumping into me on several occasions without even acknowledging my presence. I politely just said, "Excuse me" when she bumped into me the third time. I wouldn't have bothered writing about this as I deal with such things all the time, but when she pulled out a paper bag and began to crunch on fried chicken (which stunk up the whole aisle I'm sure), I was aghast. She was trying to crunch and munch quietly, but sorry, it did not work. As the play is very intimate and every sound can be heard, I kept my cool, but I really wanted to tell her off.

I had read an article where Harvey Fierstein, I believe, once witnessed a family pass a whole chicken back and forth in the front row, but I never thought that I would encounter this in the very same theater where Patti No Phone once grabbed somebody's device when she saw them texting. I make a point of pulling out the battery from my phone just as extra precaution when I see Patti on stage and nearly lost the battery when I sat in the front row at "War Paint" out of fear that my phone might accidentally go on.     

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Bad Theater Behavior#1028
Posted: 11/19/19 at 11:27am

magictodo123 said: "But I also have a question regarding this topic...I know in Six they say you can record the end of the show, but is this also allowed at Moulin Rouge!? I've seen SO MANY videos from that show that it makes me wonder if you're told you can film the show or if the audience just doesn't care at all that it's 100% against theater rules to record a show...."

There is a handout in the Playbill for Moulin Rouge saying you can record the finale ONLY. Unfortunately, I've seen a number of videos that are not the finale. 

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Posted: 11/19/19 at 4:22pm

Moulin Rouge also encouraged you to take pictures and video before the show starts.   There are actors already on stage when they open the house.

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Bad Theater Behavior#1030
Posted: 11/19/19 at 4:37pm

OKBroadwayFan said: "Moulin Rouge also encouraged you to take pictures and video before the show starts. There are actors already on stage when they open the house."

When I saw MR in October, this was NOT true. The actors came out on stage maybe 15 minutes before the show started (not when the house was opened). You were allowed to take pictures before the actors came out but not after. The ushers kept telling people to stop taking pictures. 

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Bad Theater Behavior#1031
Posted: 11/19/19 at 6:07pm
That has been taken out. It is not permitted to record any part of the show. Has been out for sometime now.
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Posted: 11/19/19 at 6:15pm
Whats worse than that is how people just leave all their trash on the floor. I can understand leaving some trash ( playbills, cups, candy wrappers) but when you stick gum on the seats or the rug. Spills nuts , chips, pretzels, M&M's and just leaving it in here for people to step all over it. Would you do that at home? Is it really that hard to pick up?


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Bad Theater Behavior#1033
Posted: 11/20/19 at 9:09am

dreamz said: "Whats worse than that is how people just leave all their trash on the floor. I can understand leaving some trash ( playbills, cups, candy wrappers) but when you stick gum on the seats or the rug. Spills nuts , chips, pretzels, M&M's and just leaving it in here for people to step all over it. Would you do that at home? Is it really that hard to pick up?"

Apparently, yes. These are likely the same people who blithely toss their Big Mac wrappers, Big Gulp cups, and cigarette butts out the window of their cars.

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Posted: 11/20/19 at 9:25am
Why is it ever ok to leave trash behind? You brought it in, so you are certainly capable of carrying it to a trash can after the show.
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Bad Theater Behavior#1035
Posted: 11/20/19 at 9:39am

magictodo123 said: "Referencing a comment above---I HATE when people say "I paid -x- amount of money for my ticket, I'm entitled to record/take photos". Um, No. Incorrect. I don't care if you paid to sit front row at Hadestown, that does NOT ever entitle you to record a show.



But I also have a question regarding this topic...I know in Six they say you can record the end of the show, but is this also allowed at Moulin Rouge!? I've seen SO MANY videos from that show that it makes me wonder if you're told you can film the show or if the audience just doesn't care at all that it's 100% against theater rules to record a show....
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When I saw Moulin Rouge! back in August, an usher came and yelled at a woman sitting next to me filming the finale, so I don’t think it’s permitted.

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Bad Theater Behavior#1036
Posted: 11/20/19 at 10:17am

Olivia11 said: "Why is it ever ok to leave trash behind? You brought it in, so you are certainly capable of carrying it to a trash can after the show."

I agree completely. I don't understand why it's so unreasonable to expect people to carry out the things they carried in. It's the same on planes and in movie theaters.

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Bad Theater Behavior#1037
Posted: 11/21/19 at 6:31am

dreamz said: "Whats worse than that is how people just leave all their trash on the floor. I can understand leaving some trash ( playbills, cups, candy wrappers) but when you stick gum on the seats or the rug. Spills nuts , chips, pretzels, M&M's and just leaving it in here for people to step all over it. Would you do that at home? Is it really that hard to pick up?


People should also keep in mind that the ushers who are there through the end of the night...this isn't true of Broadway theaters, as I've ushered there and haven't had to do this, but in some theaters the ushers stay and pick up the garbage. I can't tell you how often I'd come home from working at Shakespeare in the Park with my hands smelling like beer because people left cups-or in some cases, almost FULL-cups of beer behind. Why would you pay so much for concessions to not even finish it or leave it behind? I would think if you could pay so much for a show, you'd have manners to make sure you didn't leave anything behind...or if you did, that you picked up after yourself before leaving. 

 

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Posted: 11/21/19 at 10:39am

dreamz said: "Whats worse than that is how people just leave all their trash on the floor. I can understand leaving some trash ( playbills, cups, candy wrappers) but when you stick gum on the seats or the rug. Spills nuts , chips, pretzels, M&M's and just leaving it in here for people to step all over it. Would you do that at home? Is it really that hard to pick up?


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This was a huge problem when I saw Mean Girls this past January.  It was bad enough having people getting up to leave multiple times. But, I decided to not be in a hurry to leave the theater after the show since I would get stuck in the crowd walking out. When I got up to get myself ready to leave, there was so much trash on the floor that were from food. I couldn't believe it. 

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Posted: 11/22/19 at 12:46am

Here is something good in a bad behavior thread.  Wicked is in town in my city for the next two weeks.  I switched my evening performance to the matinee on Thursday (21).  When I got to the theater there were multiple school buses.  My friend who ushers at the theater told me there were 1400 (of 3000 seats) school kids. Most very young.  I was not happy, thinking they would talk, text, etc.  There was not a peep other than laughter out of those kids (at least the kids around me).  How well behaved they were.  Since this is a bad behavior thread, I could not believe the number of adults, at least 50, who were held at the door, since they arrived late.  All of them walking and talking, to find their seats, not caring they were disturbing others including the school kids who were able to get to the theater on time.

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Posted: 11/22/19 at 1:26pm

Last night at Evita there were probably 5 - 10 people around me in the balcony being disruptive.  There were the usual loud talkers after songs, someone who took too long to silence her phone after it rang (and then kept it out for a long period of time), people in the front of the balcony filming, and a texter.  A new one for me was the woman in front of me (guessing 50s/60s ish) who pulled up the Wikipedia page for the show and was reading it in between checking Facebook.  Thankfully, she did not return for the second act.  No ushers in sight to try to flag down.

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Posted: 11/22/19 at 2:13pm

The latest happened to me at the Betrayal play. There was a couple sitting next to me and the woman was eating peanuts out of a ziplock bag. Which is fine, as long as you aren't severely allergic. The peanuts dust was up my nose and I was thinking that if I was a person with a nut allergies I wouldn't be able to stay and watch the play. 

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Posted: 11/22/19 at 2:56pm

Except it's a myth that you can be contaminated with an airborne peanut essence.  (My son is highly allergic, trust me, I know.)  He wouldn't LIKE the smell, but that's besides the point.

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Posted: 11/22/19 at 3:03pm

dramamama611 said: "Except it's a myth that you can be contaminated with an airborne peanut essence. (My son is highly allergic, trust me, I know.) He wouldn't LIKE the smell, but that's besides the point."

My son is also very allergic to peanuts and treenuts and it was my understanding that some airborne reactions are possible. 
 
From the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: 

“Still, food particles containing peanut proteins can become airborne during the grinding or pulverization of peanuts, and inhaling peanut protein in this type of situation could cause an allergic reaction. In addition, odors may cause conditioned physical responses, such as anxiety, a skin rash or a change in blood pressure.”

Now it is unlikely someone could go into anaphylactic shock inhaling peanut dust, but obviously not all reactions take it to the nuclear level of anaphylaxis. 

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Posted: 11/23/19 at 2:16am
I highly doubt that anyone in a theatre would be grinding or pulverizing peanuts, because that would warrant it's own thread (and probably NYT article)
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Bad Theater Behavior#1045
Posted: 11/23/19 at 8:42am

gibsons2 said: "The latest happened to me at the Betrayal play. There was a couple sitting next to me and the woman was eating peanuts out of a ziplock bag. Which is fine, as long as you aren't severely allergic. The peanuts dust was up my nose and I was thinking that if I was a person with a nut allergies I wouldn't be able to stay and watch the play."

I’m a deathly allergic 15 year old. If I was sitting there I would tell them to put them away, or if they won’t, go to the usher (I always choose isle seats when possible) and I would ask the usher to relocate me. Yes getting up in the middle of a performance is rude, but my life would literally be in danger. 

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Posted: 11/24/19 at 12:25am

At The History of Violence at St. Ann's Warehouse the other night - no less than 4-5 people either: kicked a can/plastic cup or dropped a phone. It's a pretty quiet show with a lot of dialogue (compounded with the fact that a majority of the patrons are trying to concentrate on the action and reading the English supertitles!!). At least there were no walk outs midway thru...indecisionOh I must note that if you're very sensitive to smoke [see spoiler box] and herbal cigarette smell, then it's best not to sit in the first few rows. I'm pretty sensitive but luckily I wasn't too bothered by it this time... it would've been so bad to have had a coughing fit

 
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During the opening scene, one of the actors lights a sage bundle/smudge stick and weaves it in between the audience in the center section of the front row; there's a lot of chain smoking as well

 

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Posted: 11/24/19 at 3:24pm

I don't know if this is "bad theatre behavior" per se but there's ALWAYS that one person who coughs in the quietest part.  This has happened at pretty much every Broadway show I can remember!  Any one else relate?

*I am guilty of doing this myself when I had a sore/itchy throat at Les Mis Broadway and started hacking away right after Gavroche said "Lamarque is dead" and I guess the likelihood of having sick people in the audience is pretty high in a large Broadway theatre but still!  It's not a show without that one guy/gal coughing!

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Posted: 11/24/19 at 8:00pm

Kea4 said: "OKBroadwayFan said: "Moulin Rouge also encouraged you to take pictures and video before the show starts. There are actors already on stage when they open the house."

When I saw MR in October, this was NOT true. The actors came out on stage maybe 15 minutes before the show started (not when the house was opened). You were allowed to take pictures before the actors came out but not after. The ushers kept telling people to stop taking pictures.
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I saw it during previews.   I could see how it would get very distracting and hard to control after the show started as well.    

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Posted: 11/24/19 at 8:12pm

OKBroadwayFan said: "Kea4 said: "OKBroadwayFan said: "Moulin Rouge also encouraged you to take pictures and video before the show starts. There are actors already on stage when they open the house."

When I saw MR in October, this was NOT true. The actors came out on stage maybe 15 minutes before the show started (not when the house was opened). You were allowed to take pictures before the actors came out but not after. The ushers kept telling people to stop taking pictures.
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I saw it during previews. I could see how it would get very distracting and hard to control after the show started as well.
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I saw it about two weeks ago. There are signs everywhere now saying pictures are not permitted at all inside the theater (I think the lobby is ok though). The ushers made that very clear as well. The whole pre-show may have been cut down as well, because I showed up about 25 minutes before the performance and the line was around the block to get in. It didn't start moving until ten minutes later. Speaking of the ushers, a woman in the row in front of me was on her phone multiple times during the first half hour. At one point an usher rushed over with a flashlight and told her to get off her phone. I wanted to high five her :)

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Posted: 11/28/19 at 7:20am
this tik tok is going around twitter which unless edited or dubbed shows a woman singing along during a meme song in Waitress https://twitter.com/bwaystokes/status/1199861184356397056

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