Today, I’d like to take a moment for a subject near and dear to my heart—theater etiquette. To put that in What to Watch Wednesday terms: Today, I’d like to talk about what not to watch when you’re at the theater.
In a word: Your phone.
Messing with your phone during any theatrical performance earns you a front row seat in that fabled special circle of hell. However, those of you who got busted (respectfully) by Lin-Manuel Miranda for having your phones out during “Hamilton,” no circle of hell could be as bad as that personal shame.
Setting aside for a moment the illegality of recording a live Broadway performance for a moment, let’s take a moment to consider all of the poor, poor people around the phone lovers who finally got to see “Hamilton” and are being blinded by your screen.
Then there’s the cast, who can see you, always.
And worst of all, you’re hurting their feelings.
Not to mention…
So put the phone away and enjoy the show you’re here to see, whether it’s “Hamilton” on Broadway or a high school production of “Pippin.” Put the phone away and enjoy the show.