Most Uncomfortable Theatre Moments with your parents

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Most recently, sitting through "My Junk" in Spring Awakening with my mom...on stage.
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This should be good.

I've been uncomfortable during movies with my parents that had explicit sex scenes I didn't know about, but nothing too bad in theater.

Front row, orchestra left for "Loud as the Hell you Want" in Avenue Q was probably the worst.
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I actually haven't seen anything with them like that. However, they did see me come and perform my 15 minute scene in college, and it was all about sex.
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This didn't happen to me . . .but when I went to see Avenue Q there was a 10 year old girl & her mother in line for the bathroom. I can only imagine how embarrassing it must have been to sit with your child and vice versa during "You Can Be As Loud As The Hell You Want." I was embarrassed for them.
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I remember being 11 and listening to Les Mis with my family in the car and being uncomfortable when "Lovely Ladies" came on.

Other than that, not too much other than some of the more risque parts of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
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My mom and I went to see Spring Awakening together, which wasn't uncomfortable in general, but at the beginning of act two, she said very loudly, "Oh, God, they're doing it AGAIN!?"

Also, I was uncomfortable with how inferior it was to Grey Gardens, which we had seen the night before, but that's another thread entirely.
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I've sat through Spring Awakening with both my parents and I've never once been uncomfortable. The only show ever to make me uncomfortable was Next to Normal, I guess because it's such a personal, emotional show.
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I've made Mum take me to 'Rent' a couple of times, which was nice. Then I made her take me to 'La Cage Aux Folles' at the Menier Chocolate Factory, where I made her sit at a table at the very front with me, and we ended up being accosted by various cast members every now and then, including one of the Cagelles draping their skirt over Mum's head. Which was nice. XD

I was kinda embarrassed when I made her stagedoor 'Aida' with me, because I was a little sheepish about being an Adam Pascal fangirl. Then Micky Dolenz came out, and it was her turn to be a sheepish fangirl. Good times, good times. ^_^

I might have to take her to 'Spring Awakening' at the Lyric Hammersmith y'know. That could be quit amusing...

I think, to be embarrassed, I'd have to take my father to things. Mum's quite a good sport. Dad... is also an excellent sport, but is much more conservative.

Although I did make Dad take me to 'Henry V' because I was trying to get Forbes Masson's autograph for my sister, which I managed to do in the foyer of the theatre long before the show started, which meant every Chorus scene (and half the French ones), Dad would lean over and ask "is that your mate?". Which was actually more embarrassing than you'd think. At least he only fell asleep once, which is BLOODY good going for my dad during a three hour show!
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i think i take the cake.
i was all excited i got the box seats for Les Miserables. until the prostitutes were trying to sell themselves to my dad for like two scenes. they were playing with his hair and sitting on his lap and stuff. AWKWARD. hes so conservative

and the actors always would walk out and stand next to us in the back of the box, then make their enterance and i felt like everyone was watching our reaction


LOL also, my mom felt SO awkward during "Past the point of no return" when she asked me what he was talking about and i'm like "well he wants to have sex with Christine, and she's pretending to oblidge"
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I saw Spring Awakening with my mom and was a tad uncomfortable during the Act I finale but nothing too bad. However, a friend of mine is good friends with Alexandra Socha, the new Wendla in SA. When she understudied Lea Michele, her first time on as Wendla my friend went to see her with her mom. Her mother knew about her having to be nude and simulate sex on stage but my friend didn't. So when the scene came up he freaked out and got really nervous. During intermission he apologized and said he didn't know but Alex's mom told him she'd known about the scene. That calmed him down but he was still nervous once Act II started. Must've been awkward!!
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Right after I graduated from college, I did telemarketing for the Roundabout Theatre Company while I was job hunting. Through the job, I received free tickets for "Privates on Parade". This would have been in the Fall of 1989. I took my sister.

Well, much to my surprise, there was a full-frontal nude shower scene with four or five men. I was a big fan of the late Olympic gold medalist in skating, John Curry. I really did not want to see him naked. Neither did my sister. I was very uncomfortable, especially for my sister's sake.
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Watching 'Contact' in Rent when I was 13 and watching Avenue Q, especially 'You Can Be As Loud As the Hell You Want(When You're Makin Love), when I was 14.

They want to see Spring Awakening with me when is comes to San Francisco in the fall. They don't know what SA is about or what it contains.
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Weez: I can count "I made Mum" or "I made her" umpteen times in that post. Just who is the parent here? re: Most Uncomfortable Theatre Moments with your parents
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dramagirl...that has to be the most uncomfortable moment in parent/child history.

my parents are both kind of conservative, so when we saw "Legally Blonde" when she goes "OH oh oh oh oh" and pretends to orgasm in "SO much Better" It was pretty awkward
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My parents always had the attitude that going to the theatre would give me a sex education and then they wouldn't have to.

So I sat through the "I'm coming, I'm coming, thank you, thank you Jesus!" scene in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas next to them.

I also sat through A Chorus Line with them several times, even though they were worried I'd grow up to be gay. They didn't have anything to worry about - I already was.
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Mine is a good one.

I was around 12 or 13 years old, and I went to see "Judas Kiss" on Broadway. My dad had bought tickets cause Liam Neeson was in it. None of us had any idea what it was about.

The show starts, and the FIRST image you see is a woman standing on a bed, completely naked, while a man performs oral sex on her.

As if that wasn't bad enough to have to watch as a teenager with your mom and dad right next to you, the play was FULL of nudity. Mostly male nudity. Naked men walking around, their penises happy flopping (Liam himself was never naked, alas).

No 13 year old girl should see that many penises in one night. Especially not when sitting next to her mom and dad.
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I've never had any real bad moments. I mean, "The Strip" in Gypsy was a tad awkward but my aunt was cool with it so I was too. I told my other aunt, when we saw Avenue Q, that there was a graphic puppet sex scene and she was like, "Well, I think you're mature enough." And when it happened she started cracking up. At Rent, I don't think my dad knew what was going on during Contact, because if he did, he sure didn't have much of a reaction.
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I sat on stage with my mom and step dad for SA...and yes it was awkward. Though not as bad as I thought it would be.
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Weez: I can count "I made Mum" or "I made her" umpteen times in that post. Just who is the parent here? re: Most Uncomfortable Theatre Moments with your parents

She's given up trying to control me. All she can do is make sure she's on board whenever I go see any really GOOD shows. re: Most Uncomfortable Theatre Moments with your parents
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Seeing the Rent movie with my grandparents (their idea, not mine). Their reason for wanting to see it: Oh, "that Uh-dee-na girl from that excellent show Wicked." When Angel first came on in his Santa drag, my grandma leaned over to ask me if that was Idina. Oy. And they almost got up to leave during La Vie Boheme... I'm still surprised that they actually stayed.

Chicago with my mom... she thought it would be very traditional (like those Hollywood musicals of the 1940s-ish I suppose)... she was quite shocked by how risque it was. And the first thing she said when the show was over? "You can't ever be in that show; the dancers aren't wearing anything." !!!

Finally, stagedooring Company with my mom... she was way more fangirlish over Raul Esparza than is really necessary for a woman her age. Or anyone, of any age, ever. Yeah.
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Contact with my Mom and Father, two separate showings.

Spring Awakening was also quite awkward with my father. We both loved it, but there are still some scenes we never talk about........
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Almost every show I've seen has been with my mom ordad, and oddly enough, the only time I ever felt akward was at Avenue Q. There were a lot of points in the show where I wanted to laugh, but I felt weird laughing about something with my mom right there. And there were places she laughed, and I'm like, "She's my mom, she's not supposed to find that funny."
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Never really experience of discomfort with the 'rents at the theatre. I wouldn't like to have known what was going through their minds though during 'Holding out for a hero' in Footloose...
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