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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#2
Posted: 12/10/15 at 4:29pm

If the actress on stage would have been Lupone, the offending party would be pushing up daisies right about now.

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#3
Posted: 12/10/15 at 5:47pm

Where were the ushers?

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#4
Posted: 12/10/15 at 6:36pm

Cupid Boy2 said: "Where were the ushers?"

 

Not every show's producers allow the usher's to intercept cell phone usage during the performance, claiming it's more distracting than the cell phone. It's amazing how everyone blames the ushers for not intervening, when more often than not they aren't permitted to.

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#5
Posted: 12/10/15 at 6:56pm

I was at a play where the women next to me (front row) left her phone on and it rang, picked up by the microphone.  The ushers kept bugging me as I pulled out my turned off cell phone - this kept happening until finally they figured out it was the lady next to me whose bag was partly under my seat.

Need to have them make the announcement and also have the ushers say it in the local area where they cover.

 

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#6
Posted: 12/10/15 at 7:02pm

Fosse76 said: "Not every show's producers allow the usher's to intercept cell phone usage during the performance, claiming it's more distracting than the cell phone. It's amazing how everyone blames the ushers for not intervening, when more often than not they aren't permitted to."

 

Did you read the article in its entirety? This is clearly not as simple as someone creating a distraction like texting. The woman even got up and left her seat to stand in a "hallway" to continue her conversation, which I'm assuming was one of the aisles off to the side of the house. She could have been easily approached at that point.

 

 

Updated On: 12/10/15 at 07:02 PM
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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#7
Posted: 12/10/15 at 7:29pm
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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#8
Posted: 12/10/15 at 8:07pm

LizzieCurry said: "A first-hand account: http://www.talkinbroadway.com/allthatchat/d.php?id=2315766

 

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#9
Posted: 12/10/15 at 8:07pm

LizzieCurry said: "A first-hand account: http://www.talkinbroadway.com/allthatchat/d.php?id=2315766

 

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#10
Posted: 12/10/15 at 8:07pm

I wonder if the woman ever came back to watch the rest of the show, or if she realized what she did, or cares?  

As for the ushers, a couple weeks ago at Phantom and Les Miz, the ushers were aggressively yelling at people and chastizing them for being on their phones before Acts 1 and 2. It was great to see. And at both shows, ushers came out at intermission and lectured people who had apprently taken their phones out to text during Act 1. 

Back to Sylvia, Annaleigh's response sure was different than Lupone's. I wonder which type of response is going to elicit a change in habits?

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#11
Posted: 12/10/15 at 8:15pm

Nothing will change. Much like drunk drivers, we have had "education" up the Wazoo.It does no good as some people simply do not care,and,think they are above the law. Until they start being ejected from the theater with no refund they will continue acting however they want.

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#12
Posted: 12/10/15 at 8:34pm

At the Cort Theatre there are aisles between the seats and the walls at stage left and stage right in the orchestra section.  When the show is in progress there are heavy curtains drawn closed to create a barrier.  I would assume she went through those curtains so she was out of sight of the audience.  But obviously still audible.

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Posted: 12/10/15 at 8:59pm

How sweet is annaleigh Ashford?  Her first response is she hopes the person's family is ok. I wish I had that much faith in the good in people. I don't.  I'm sure it was just a jerk. I would've been ragey. But I find these people who have such positivity in the face of despicable behavior so endearing. 

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#14
Posted: 12/10/15 at 9:11pm

Are any retail or entertainment establishments allowed to implement cell phone jammers?  There is minimal cost for this technology.

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#15
Posted: 12/10/15 at 9:11pm

No, they're not.

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#16
Posted: 12/10/15 at 9:17pm

Jamming is definitely a great option

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#17
Posted: 12/10/15 at 9:32pm

^ preach, brotha!

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#18
Posted: 12/10/15 at 11:26pm

Unfortunately, it is illegal.

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#19
Posted: 12/10/15 at 11:54pm

Not to mention so much of the wireless technology that is used in the theatre would be blocked as well.

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#20
Posted: 12/11/15 at 5:11am

I'm sure if they posted word on the tickets, the sign at the door, etc. they can make it legal. 



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Posted: 12/11/15 at 6:57am

I already know the answer to this, but can people really be that ignorant?  This behavior surpasses anything I've seen at a theater and I've seen plenty of rude people over the years including a tourist rustling her M&M's shopping bag to find a snack.  It didn't stop the show but if people around me had a rope there might have been a lynching.  Incredibly ignorant doesn't begin to describe it.  Maybe theaters could place a theater etiquette sheet in the playbill?  

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#22
Posted: 12/11/15 at 7:42am

Ashford and Broderick are beyond gracious.

 

They handled the situation with absolute professionalism and compassion.

 

Bravo!

 

 

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#23
Posted: 12/11/15 at 8:50am

everythingtaboo said: "I'm sure if they posted word on the tickets, the sign at the door, etc. they can make it legal. 

 

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Nope, that is not what will make it legal. Not at all. 

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Posted: 12/11/15 at 8:51am

mc1227 said: "I already know the answer to this, but can people really be that ignorant?  This behavior surpasses anything I've seen at a theater and I've seen plenty of rude people over the years including a tourist rustling her M&M's shopping bag to find a snack.  It didn't stop the show but if people around me had a rope there might have been a lynching.  Incredibly ignorant doesn't begin to describe it.  Maybe theaters could place a theater etiquette sheet in the playbill?  

 

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I just saw Sylvia. There is a huge flyer that sticks out of the playbill saying to silence cell phones. And the announcement at the beginning can't be missed because they have ringing and barking and the announcer says Sylvia will bark if she hears any cell phones. It's clear as day. Some people just don't care about etiquette or anything other than themselves. 

 

I do think for some behavior (loud eating, etc, like he example you mention) people just don't know better and I think an etiquette sheet would be a great idea. Just dont think it would've affected this particular jerk. 

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Sylvia 12/9 Unbelievable Behavior#25
Posted: 12/11/15 at 10:08am

You can put 50 etiquette sheets in a Playbill and still people will ignore them and do what they want. Once they start getting ejected from a theater and lose their money they will think twice the next time. Of course there are some who will continue to do what they want no matter how much it costs them. 

 

Imagine someone waits 6 months and pays a gazillion dollars for a ticket to The Show and than gets ejected for bad behavior. This would bring a smile to many faces. 

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