Four different shows from different eras, but all had completely different types of gasps/reactions from me:1983 "Sugar Babies" on tour, during "I'm Keeping Myself Available For You", the chorus girls on swings were flying high over the front of the Pantages orchestra in Hollywood. My response was a big "wow!" I don't know that it was audible, but it stuck with me.2002 "Dance of the Vampires", during "Eternity" when the ghouls came out into the audience from their coffins. I had an aisle seat and half of them walked past me to where I could see a mixture of red make-up and saliva dripping off of their vampire teeth. It really did look like blood dripping from their mouths.2005 "All Shook Up", end of act one. My sobs from the ensemble singing "Can't Help Fallin' in Love With You" got more intense as each of the characters began shouting out the names of who they loved. I think I was soaked when the lights came up.2019 "The Inheritence, Part I", conclusion, for obvious reasons. I didn't even remember that a similar situation had been used in "Longtime Companion", and months later, I still don't care.
chrishuyen said: "In The Inheritance Part 2:
"That's how I knew who had and had not read or seen Howards End prior to seeing the play.
honestly, the first thing that came to mind was a sold out show of Anastasia with the original cast. When Derek slapped Mary, the whole theater gasped.Also, I'm surprised no one has mentioned in waitress when Earl finds the money.
The loudest gasp I ever heard was from an audience member instead of coming from an actor on stage. It was a student class trip to the theatre to see the original Broadway cast in OLIVER. Sitting to the left of me was Freddie Shilling, the school's worst bully hands down. Nothing frightened this ginger tyrant except on this one matinee performance. It was towards the end of the 2nd act when Bill Sykes fires his gun as he's on a roof, desperate and running from the law. Well, when that loud gun noise went off, Freddie not only brought attention to himself by letting out a noticeable huge gasp followed by his falling out of his seat. It was our classes' favorite show for many reasons.
In terms of thrillers, DEATHTRAP wins. In a straight play- and I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned- but the revelation of the big secret in VIRGINIA WOOLF. And after all these years, I'm surprised how often it comes as a surprise to the audience!
I've only seen the movie version of Proof and it was a long time ago. I remember liking it at the time but not much about the plot. Can someone elaborate on what happens at the end of Act 1 that's so surprising? I don't recall any big reveals in the movie.
^SPOILER: That the daughter wrote the proof and not the dead father.
The reveal after the birthday cake in N2N. Every time I've seen it.
^SPOILER: That the daughter wrote the proof and not the dead father.Ok, now that you say that I do remember that part of the movie. It didn't seem like the kind of thing that would elicit gasps, but I imagine that's because of the different medium and the fact that there's no "act 1 finale" structure in film.
Having recently see Phantom again i am always amazed that people still gasp when he comes out from behind the angel. I sometimes forget that most of the people in the audience are not repeat visitors but people obviously seeing the show for the first time after all these years.
Justin D said: "Having recently see Phantom again i am always amazed that people still gasp when he comes out from behind the angel. I sometimes forget that most of the people in the audience are not repeat visitors but people obviously seeing the show for the first time after all these years."I find that there is usually also a collective catching-of-breath when the curtain goes up to reveal the "Masquerade" staircase at the top of the second act.
Sweeny Todd, When I realized who the beggar woman was.
Can someone elaborate on The Ferryman ending?
It's definitely a two parter with The Ferryman ending:
Oisin is brought on stage dead, accidentally killed by the neighbor Tom Kettle after Oisin goes to threaten / potentially kill Tom for proposing to his mother.Then Quinn kills Muldoon and one of the other IRA members very, very violently.
It's a chaotic ending and I'm not sure I'm getting the order of events right, but both moments got big reactions from the audience, in London and on Broadway.
broadway86 said: "Quinn's fatal decision near the end of The Ferryman. It was amazing." +1
qafgenius122 said: "The final scene of Lucas Hnath's "The Thin Place" at Playwrights Horizons. It's a bit of a ghost story, so the gasp totally fell in line with what was trying to be accomplished.
"RE: Thin Place....
I was someone who ended up in the seat where the actor interacts with them! I heard the word that she ended up writing down. But I thought everyone could hear it! After, people kept looking at me like I was a weirdo or something. Did anyone else experience that? I'm still trying to figure out how it happened.
End of act 1 of Gloria
Production of Maple and Vine in Louisville, KY during the Humana Festival of Plays, when a character says he'll pour a full bottle of Grey Goose down the drain. (B/c they are living in a 1950's style society that they created and GG wasn't invented then)
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