Clueless Broadway Patron Attempts to Recharge Phone on Stage

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There’s loud talking, snoring and, of course, phones ringing.

But theater etiquette might have taken a turn for the bizarre on Broadway last week with a dead cellphone. Not that anyone should be shocked.

People really do anything these days for their precious electronics:


A patron at the Tony Award-nominated play “Hand to God” on July 2 climbed onstage just before the show began to try to recharge his phone in what looked like an outlet. Ushers at the Booth Theatre quickly converged, and the young man was pulled off the stage.

A public announcement was made warning patrons to avoid any similar acts, and ushers were stationed near the offender in case anything else untoward occurred. He apparently got the message.

Actress Sarah Stiles tweeted: “#fullmoon or #idiot?”

The attempt to recharge was, in the end, pointless: The onstage outlet was just a prop, created by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt, whose set is a realistic depiction of a basement of a church in Texas.

A production spokesman confirmed the incident Tuesday.

Uhm, what? Like who even thinks that this is OK? People are so rude nowadays that they just do not care that they are interrupting a performance that actors worked really hard for, and that people paid good money to see, to charge your stupid iPhone. News flash: You aren’t that important, dude. That outlet was as fake as the brain you purport to have.

Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie, or email the author at [email protected]

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