Patti Lupone snatches phone from texter during Shows for Days play

Without breaking character, the Tony-winner taught an audience member a lesson in theater etiquette and walked offstage with the confiscated phone


Patti LuPone Releases Statement Regarding Taking Audience Member's Phone

"We work hard on stage 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. They cannot put them down. When a phone goes off or when a LED screen can be seen in the dark it ruins the experience for everyone else – the majority of the audience at that performance and the actors on stage. I am so defeated by this issue that I seriously question whether I want to work on stage anymore. Now I'm putting battle gear on over my costume to marshal the audience as well as perform."