Bad Behaviour At A Show
Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:24 AM
This Tuesday at Wicked, a German family sat behind me in row B and shortly after the show started, the father felt the sudden urge to translate the show along for his daughters. Luckily, he stopped after my second or third "Ssshh!".
Am I overreacting regarding other people's talking during a show? I mean I payed for seeing and hearing the cast on the stage and not some random audience members.
When I was at that age and just finished my first year of learning English at school, my parents took me to a trip to London (must have been somewhere in the mid-nineties), and we also watched Cats and Phantom. Even though I did not understand much of what was going on, I listened to the music and made my own thoughts of what I saw on stage. My parents then told me at the interval and later on the way back to our hotel what I missed or misunderstood. I wouldn't have dared asking my parents during the show.
Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:48 AM
Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:37 PM
If it happens to me (people talking), to allow for the possibility it's isolated and they'll settle down, I wait until they've kept talking continuously for 2 or 3 minutes or there's been at least 3 separate instances of audible conversation. Then I'll politely ask them to be quiet, usually with a smile and a thumbs-up if they immediately pipe down, to minimise it feeling confrontational. If they are rude in their response I'll insult them back and leave it. They might be a lost cause but even then some go quiet after that.
Ditto phone use during the show. One of the more extreme things I've had to do was shake a man's arm when he persisted in taking pics of a nude female performer (or trying to, at least).
How do you know they were from Essex?!
Pity people just stared at them - the great British stare, has this ever worked? - but good that they were then confronted at the interval at least, and how amusing they took offence at this, brandished their silver-topped cane, swept their cape and left.
Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:49 PM
Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:18 PM
Posted 06 April 2013 - 08:55 AM
Posted 06 April 2013 - 11:04 AM
I thought the mom handled the situation very well, with every consideration to the fact that she was dealing with a boy not much older than her own son. I suppose it's easier dealing with disruptive kids than with grown-ups, who often get angry making what was bad even worse.
Posted 06 April 2013 - 03:15 PM
Posted 06 April 2013 - 05:29 PM
Your autocorrect is broken. It put "oddly" where you typed "more understandably than anything else in human history".
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