Episode 548. What About Cellphones?

Several high-profiles performers (including Glenn Close, Patti Lupone, and Hugh Jackman) have recently stopped their live performances on Broadway to chastise an audience member for distracting everyone with a ringing or bright cellphone. But is the solution more distracting than the problem? Reed Martin, Teddy Spencer, and Austin Tichenor discuss the situation from a Reduced perspective and debate the difference between theatre and concerts, casual vs. formal atmospheres, truly Shakespearean environments, probably the most amount of bleeps we’ve ever had to insert, and the ultimate question: Are audience members on their phones preferable to audience members asleep? (Length 19:56)

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2 Responses to Episode 548. What About Cellphones?

  1. greg jeffrey says:

    I’ve had too many shows spoiled by selfish and stupid people who can’t tell the difference between the tv in their own home and real live theatre that others have paid good money to see and enjoy Occasionally it feels as if they think it’s a competition between themselves and the actors to see who can be loudestI would be delighted if those on stage could remind some audience members that it is not their living room as one singer did at a concert I attended the rest of the show was much more pleasurable as a result

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