As theatre staff, it sometimes is difficult to deal with problems immediately, despite how frustrating they can be to other customers. I work in a receiving-house theatre, and each company gives us instructions on how they want issues dealing with - for example at present we are not allowed to use our torches to get a customers attention except from extreme circumstances (constant flash photography during a performance, for example). This can often mean that whilst we are perfectly aware that somebody is taking photos or being noisy, unless they are sat within a few seats of an aisle there is not a lot that we can do besides collar them at the interval.
Agreed! We're often at the mercy of visiting company's demands, and regardless (and depending on the type of house you're in) physically getting to the offending audience member is sometimes more disruptive! I also once had a visiting stage manager complain that I opened the door during the performance (they were big on blackouts) as I was letting a young girl with learning difficulties out who was being disruptive, therefore her Mum decided to take her out and calm her down, it's often the lesser of two 'evils' (also that SM called me a boy to my manager, who was less than impressed....)
On the subject of children at the theatre I was ushering this weekend at a show that a small boy was far too young for. Dad did his best to keep him quiet but my favourite outburst was 'Romeo and Juliet, that's a tragedy because they die!'
Glad to hear that Christopher as JVJ is fab as I am going to see him in the role in March.
Adam as Grantaire is usually very good. However, the past 3 performances I have seen, he was going for laughs quite balatantely, even in the barcade scene just before BHH. I didn't think that was appropreate. Why is he doing this? Is he bored of playing this role in a normal way, or what? I think he should drop it.