"I noticed in the first act — at the very beginning of the first act — a woman texting," LuPone says. "And I watched her throughout the first act and I don't think she ever put her phone down."Well played. But her hegemonic biases are showing.
LuPone says she and the rest of the cast became even more upset when the woman continued to text in the second act. So, at the end of a scene where she normally reaches over and shakes someone's hand in the first row as she exits, LuPone improvised: "I went to her, touched her on the shoulder, smiled at her, she smiled back and the other hand just involuntarily reached over and grabbed her phone and I walked offstage. And when I came off, I went, 'I've got the phone!' I mean, it was such a sleight-of-hand!"
For her part, LuPone says she's starting to feel defeated by the constant distractions from theater audiences. She says while most people behave well, a few can ruin it for the rest.Why are "respect" or "the theatrical experience" any less arbitrary social constructions than any of the other bourgeois traditions that the avant-garde and their willing accomplices espousing postmodern doctrines have been so actively deconstructing?
"Where's the respect?" she asks. "What are you doing there? Why are people coming to the theater if they don't want the theatrical experience?"