Patti LuPone is an acting and singing legend who has nothing whatsoever to prove to anyone. She’s also a seasoned performer who’s had it up to here with your annoying phone habits.
According to Entertainment Weekly, LuPone stopped in the middle of a Shows for Days performance at Lincoln Center in New York this week just to snatch a phone from an audience member who wouldn’t stop texting during the show. It’s a badass show of force from an iconic stage presence who won’t take your stupid interruptions anymore, but it’s not the first time she’s done it. In 2009, LuPone stopped mid-song during a performance of Gypsy to ask an audience member who wouldn’t stop taking photos “You heard the announcement—who do you think you are?”
LuPone’s personal phone confiscation came just days after another theatergoer tried to plug his phone into an onstage outlet during a performance of Hand to God on Broadway, and led LuPone to seriously reconsider how much longer she wants to keep working if people like this are going to keep ruining shows.
“We work hard onstage to create a world that is being totally destroyed by a few rude, self-absorbed, and inconsiderate audience members who are controlled by their phones,” LuPone said in a statement. “I am so defeated by this issue that I seriously question whether I want to work onstage anymore.”
Seriously, guys, it’s not that hard to keep your phone in your damn pocket for a couple of hours. Shut it down, or we might lose Patti LuPone, and that would be a far greater tragedy than you missing that all-important Twitter fave you were waiting for.