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Loudest gasp you've heard in the theatre

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 11:46am

I've been looking through the playbills I've collected over the years and got to thinking ... what plot twist/special effect etc. you have witnessed in a theatre has solicited the loudest gasp?

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I think the biggest I've encountered was during the Donmar Warehouse production of "Appropiate" when 

 
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... in the middle of the argument scene, Ainsley comes running down the stairs in the KKK hood. 

 

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 11:58am
End of Act 1 -Proof
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Posted: 2/12/20 at 11:59am

The very last second of Paradise Blue at Signature Theatre.

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:02pm

Quinn's fatal decision near the end of The Ferryman. It was amazing.

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:02pm

In Martin McDonagh's THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE --

 

 
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when Wee Thomas appears.

One of the biggest gasps and hardest laughs I've ever heard from an audience.

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:03pm
Not seen personally, but any slime tutorials I’ve watched of Ragtime, during the finale prologue, when Mother has her moment. Everyone always gasps or sobs.

paciencia y fe when she reveals she won. Always a bit of a gasp goes through the audience.

Come From Away when he says “and that’s how we started speaking the same language” the audience all around me were shook.
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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:08pm

The end of Blackbird, when 

 
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Ray's daughter appears

 

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:08pm

The end of Blackbird, when 

 
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Ray's daughter appears

 

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:13pm

GRAND HORIZONS --- end of Act 1.

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:16pm

broadway86 said: "Quinn's fatal decision near the end of The Ferryman. It was amazing."

Yep, this was it for me. Loudest gaps could’ve been from me however lol. I nearly got out of me seat in pure shock. 

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:23pm

WldKingdomHM said: "End of Act 1 -Proof"

 

Same here.

 

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:27pm
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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:28pm
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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:30pm

2 times during Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, when...

 
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Dolores Umbridge is revealed at the end of Part I, and when Snape tells Scorpius that Cedric Diggory killed Neville Longbottom, in Part II.

 

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:32pm
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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:34pm

For me, the loudest gasps were during the original production of Miss Saigon. I saw it very shortly after it opened in NY, and Kim's final act produced a collective gasp that nearly rattled the chandeliers.

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:36pm

A long time ago in a production of Wait Until Dark. The female lead is blind and she is being attacked by the "bad guy" in her apartment and she is trying to hide from him. She has turned off the lights to give herself an advantage so everything is very dark on stage, the audience is squinting trying to see what's going on.......but then the attacker opens another door where both he and the light crash back into the scene.

The gasp was so loud from the entire audience...people were embarrassed enough to start giggling a bit before everything was back to order. I don't think I have ever heard a gasp again quite like that one.

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:42pm

When Orpheus turns around to look at Eurydice, end of Hadestown. 

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:48pm

 

DiscoCrows said (relating to Hadestown):

 
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When Orpheus turns around to look at Eurydice, end of Hadestown. 

I'm always surprised at how many people aren't familiar with the source material of the shows they see. I recall, at a talk at the Strand by David Malloy and Rachel Chavkin relating to the Great Comet (book release of the big red book?), a gasp when David mentioned that

 
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later in the novel, Pierre and Natasha get married. 

Perhaps I can see this for a very long novel like W&P before you see it, but if you're so invested in the show that you go to a book signing/talk, maybe read the book?

 

I agree about the Ferryman, btw. Big shock.

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:51pm

Not Broadway but the Cromer directed production of Our Town at the Barrow Street Theatre - when the set changed from nothing to hyper naturalism (you could smell breakfast being made) it blew my socks off.

Also, OBC Sweeney Todd...

 
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When Sweeney cuts beggar woman's throat.

 

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:58pm

Mike Barrett said: "broadway86 said: "Quinn's fatal decision near the end of The Ferryman. It was amazing."

Yep, this was it for me. Loudest gaps could’ve been from me however lol. I nearly got out of me seat in pure shock.
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Same here. I went into completely blind so it was definitely a shock and I audibly gasped haha. 

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 12:58pm
“And that is when I remembered...I didn’t want to have a kid.”

*cue the falling baby toys*

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Posted: 2/12/20 at 1:03pm
Re: Hadestown’s plot, I don’t think the myth is one that is taught repeatedly in school unless you’re deeply into classics or art history. I only knew of it vaguely from high school, which was over 20 years ago. I remembered it partway through the show, but I’m guessing a lot of people have forgotten it or just never knew.
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Loudest gasp you've heard in the theatre#24
Posted: 2/12/20 at 1:05pm

WldKingdomHM said: "End of Act 1 -Proof"

 

You beat me to the punch... ^ THIS!

 

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Loudest gasp you've heard in the theatre#25
Posted: 2/12/20 at 1:16pm

The Woman in Black, after the flashlight goes out




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