Patti Lupone Tells Why She Swiped Cellphone From Texting Theatergoer…..

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    EXCLUSIVE: Patti LuPone tells Daily News why she swiped cellphone from texting theatergoer at 'Shows for Days'

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    This is the only phone that should be ringing at a Broadway theater, as Patti LuPone demonstrates in her new comedy, “Shows For Days.”
    Bitch, please!

    Broadway stars have had it with rude and reckless theatergoers — and I give them a standing ovation!

    So hail, Patti LuPone! She reached out and smushed a texting menace Wednesday night during a performance of her new comedy, “Shows for Days.”

    I’ve lost count of how many times that I’ve wanted to wrench a phone of a hand of someone texting during a show — but LuPone did it better than I would have, staying in character.

    It was a five-star performance — six, if we gave that many.

    In the Douglas Carter Beane memoir about community theater, LuPone plays an over-the-top artistic director who always interact with an audience member in a silent bit. She usually goes for someone in the front row, but on Wednesday night, she chose the woman she had seen texting earlier in the performance.

    “It was the fastest sleight of hand ever,” LuPone told me on Thursday. “I shook her hand with one hand and took her phone with the other. Took it. I didn’t grab. I thought, ‘Holy s---, that was easy.’”

    And it had come after a two-performance day of Audiences Behaving Badly at the Mitzi E. Newhouse. During the matinee, a phone went off and then kept ringing — but LuPone kept on acting.

    “I had to soldier through,” says LuPone. “I couldn’t stop, nor would I. I spoke louder and tried to get the audience’s attention back.”

    The same phone rang again during a scene in which LuPone’s character appears to have a stroke. Thanks to the phone, LuPone didn’t have to fake the condition.

    I have no idea what the house manager said to the woman when he returned the phone. But I said, ‘Please make her feel bad.’
    Then at the evening performance, LuPone and company had to deal with the woman who “texted through the entire first act,” says the two-time Tony winner.

    So instead of choosing the audience member in the front row, LuPone did a mental rewrite and picked on the offender, who was oblivious that there was a play going on.

    LuPone exited the stage, as usual — and few audience members even realized she was holding a new phone, which she promptly gave to the stage manager.

    I suggested she should get a job with Penn & Teller or play Nancy again in “Oliver!” — a musical packed with pickpockets. She laughed, but not for long. After all, Lupone’s outspokenness about audiences is legend, thanks to her 2008 rant to a theatergoer taping her performance as Rose in “Gypsy.”

    “STOP TAKING PICTURES RIGHT NOW!” she screamed. “WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? HOW DARE YOU?”

    “There’s nothing to laugh about,” she says, adding that today’s theatergoers’ behavior is “terrible.”

    “And it’s only getting worse,” she adds. “And it ruins it for everyone. We try to transport the audience to another place. These kinds of disruptions break the spell.”

    That certainly happened at “Hand to God” on July 3, when a theatergoer crawled on stage just before curtain to plug his phone into a wall socket on the set of the dark comedy about a boy and possessed puppet by Robert Askins.

    Steven Boyer, who stars in the show, told me Monday night that the charged incident “affected the whole show.” And a castmember later tweeted that the ticketholder was a “#idiot.”

    And in the current issue of FourTwoNine magazine, Jonathan Groff, who plays King George in “Hamilton,” called Madonna a “bitch” for texting for almost the entire show.

    “You couldn’t miss it from the stage,” he told the online publication. “It was a black void of the audience in front of us — and her face there perfectly lit by the light of her phone.”

    LuPone appreciates what her fellow players are up against — and wishes she and others weren’t forced to play roles as Broadway cops.

    “I’ve become the bounty hunter,” she says. “And it’s not my responsibility.” LuPone supports technology that scrambles signals and would put smartphones out of commission during a performance.

    Andre Bishop, producing artistic director at Lincoln Center, where “Shows for Days” is running, applauds LuPone’s action. Bishop has seen and heard it all — a breastfeeding mom at “The King and I” (no knock on moms, but why is there a baby in the house?) and too many ringing phones.

    He calls such behavior “infuriating” and sometimes “inconceivable."

    “I think the way Patti handled this situation on Wednesday was wonderful,” he says. “The best thing and the witty thing.”

    LuPone, meantime, is moving on. She’s got work to do.

    “I have no idea what the house manager said to the woman when he returned the phone,” she says. “But I said, ‘Please make her feel bad.’”
     
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    People are so rude with these text a thons..Rumor has it Patti is a real b***h:secret:….But can't blame her for swiping the phone..
     
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    Absolutely! It's singularly rude. If you have an emergency and need to text someone, get the fuck up and go to the lobby.

    Theater tickets are a small fortune, so you're really pissing on everyone around you, but I feel the same way about it in movie theaters. I'm trying to escape the real world for a couple hours. Help a brotha' out!
     
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    Because you know, there is nothing more important that THE THEATRE!!!
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    Good for her! Where were the ushers?!?! The ushers are responsible to make sure people comply with the theatre's rules. The performers shouldn't have to deal with that nonsense!
     
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    I'd like to say I'd punch her in her fucking mouth and shatter her jaw BUT--
    1) I'd never see a Patti Lupone anything
    2) I would not be texting during any event
    3) The phone would be in the car.
     
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    getting 200 people aka the general public to turn off their ringers isnt gonna happen. A lot of people have no idea how to work their phones
     
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    Put you fucking phone away. Nobody wants to talk to you, or hear what you have to say about anything. Nobody cares that you're at the theater. Or what you had for dinner. They're just humoring you. So put your fucking phone away.
     
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    That's the thing. I don't want to be bothered, I want to enjoy the presentation in front of me. Just turn it off.
     
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    Tldr, but please be advised that text messaging is silent and does not cause any kind of disturbance whatsoever. Fuck you in your fucking ass with a fucking garden hoe if you are disturbed by somebody else being completely silent and not paying attention to you.
     
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    Yes, the price of theater tickets is insane nowadays. I want the full experience!
     
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    I think she should just be glad people are actually paying to sit there and watch some self indulgent actors acting in some stupid play.
     
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    No disturbance whatsoever?

    WTF are you talking about.

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    Personally, I think theaters and text messaging are both gay. But it's even gayer to be disturbed by it. Just pay attention to the fucking screen or stage and you won't even notice it.
     
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    She was a NY Rangers groupie wannabe (tried really hard!!) in the late 70s -- they weren't into her. At all. That's what I think back on when I see her acting all diva-like :)
     
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    Is Patti Lupone the lady that started yelling at someone for taking a picture a few years back?

    "Who do you think you ARE?"

    Howard played the clip on the show and Robin said that everyone that goes to the theater loves when something out of the ordinary happens.
     
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    No man. I'm saying I don't want my friends bothering me during a show or movie. I turn off my phone.