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22 January 2010 @ 09:38 am
Why, yes, I WILL have a bit of a rant. Thank you so much for asking!  
I've been to the theatre a lot lately, even more so than usual for me, and I'd like to get a few things off my chest in regards to theatre etiquette, if I may. Last week as the topper to my birthday, Nolan and I enjoyed the Addison Water Tower Theatre's production of Laughter on the 23rd Floor.  The play is standard Neil Simon fare:  jokes, jokes, funny characters, jokes, poignant moment, more jokes, and a monologue conclusion.  The acting was good, the set was nice, Nolan and I looked good, smelled great and were by far and away the youngest people in the building.  Evidently the Thursday Night Preview 'Pink Tints and Blue Rinse' crowd transcends the boundaries of my little town.  No lie; the median age had to be eighty-seven.  That means that yep, there were indeed some one hundred and forty-two year olds.  I'm just saying.

I digress.

The reason for this little jaunt into internet land is to address the Lady in the Blue Sweater who was sitting two rows ahead and two seats to the right of me ... Yeah, you know who you are:  When they make that clever little announcement at the beginning of the play, you know the one that says "Please silence all pagers and cellular phones?"  What that really means is to FREAKING SILENCE YOUR DAMN CELLULAR PHONE.  That includes the little blip that notifies you of a missed call.  You were HOLDING the silly thing, I KNOW you heard them, too. All TWO DOZEN OF THEM.  If you didn't, Blue Sweater Lady, certainly you could hear the HUFFS of DISDAIN from everyone within a ten foot radius to your seat.  Also, to the couple in front of us last night at The Wizard of OZ?  Maybe during "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" is not the best time to have your tongues DOWN EACH OTHER'S THROATS.


There is a special hell for people that talk in the theatre, and below that hell is the hell for people that think they're too important to be unavailable for an hour an a half so that you don't ruin the suspension of disbelief for everyone else.  If you're THAT important, you probably don't need to expend the time it takes to see a play. You should be doing something important like manning a space station or performing a kidney transplant or something.

In short, it's NOT all about you, Blue Sweater and Idiot Couple Making Out.  Turn off your cell phone and keep your tongues to yourself, or risk really loud huffs and a petite redhead kicking your shins in the parking lot after the show is over.  I mean it.

Thanks so much,

Carrie Leigh
I feel:: annoyedannoyed
I hear:: Abs and Kate snoring
with a head full of foliagekitty_mrowr on January 22nd, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
There's a special hell reserved for pedophiles and people who talk in the theatre..

I get so miffed by people who think they are the only ones in the audience.

Piggybacking off your rant, I also despise Random Teenager #52 who thinks that if the phone is on silent, it's okay to text incessantly throughout the production. There is still an annoying and distracting screen light that doesn't become any less so on vibrate mode...
Carrie Leigh: the queen is not amusedcarrie_leigh on January 22nd, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
YES! Exactly. When the idiot couple wasn't making out, they were texting. Grrrrr...
goeungurl: Fight!goeungurl on January 22nd, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Haha. Next time, go kick their shins. Or at least say something. I beseech you. On behalf of all decent people out there, don't hold back.
Carrie Leigh: bitter lemonadecarrie_leigh on January 22nd, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
We shall see. I can only be pushed SO far.
sue_bridehead on January 22nd, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
Maybe you could bring Chuck Norris with you. He lives in Texas, right? ;) Or if he's unavailable, maybe Nolan could dress up to look like him so he can scare the rudeness out of some of these people.

All kidding aside, you have the right to be annoyed. Bad manners have no business at the theatre. I thought that was common knowledge.
Carrie Leigh: emoticon cheerleadercarrie_leigh on January 22nd, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
I was holding Nolan back. Next time I'll just let him at her. :)
sue_bridehead on January 22nd, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Yep, good idea. You paid for a ticket, and you deserve to hear and see the show without interruptions.
tracyj23: Cartoons - B&B - objects not cuddlytracyj23 on January 22nd, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
below that hell is the hell for people that think they're too important to be unavailable for an hour an a half

WORD. And not just in the theatre or at concerts. Why do people have to carry their cellphones in their hands constantly? Sure it's nice to have a phone for emergencies and the like, but do we as society need to be available for EVERY LITTLE THING EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY? I think not.

I went to a concert with a friend the other night and we were sitting right in front of the sound booth. The guy had a friend sitting in there with him and they were talking throughout the concert. They even ignored the fact that all of us in the row stood up at one time or another and huffed pointedly in their direction and pointedly told them to shut up. I mean honestly.
Carrie Leigh: miss grumpy pantscarrie_leigh on January 22nd, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
There's no excuse for that. They KNOW better if they WORK there! ARGH!
seegrim: donny!seegrim on January 22nd, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Why is it every time you make a reference to your height it sends me into a fit of giggles?
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on January 22nd, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine why... maybe because you tower over me?

deedsk_tx on January 22nd, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)

Don't get me wrong...I like my cell phone and all the capabilities it has, but I also know when to silence the darn thing!

How about this one....a nice "you've got a text" PING! at my Grandmother's graveside funeral- DURING the prayer!! You talk about wanting to climb over the chairs and thump someone- I was ready to spring into action, but Matt grabbed my arm!
Carrie Leigh: The Winchesters look disgustedcarrie_leigh on January 22nd, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
OH, MY HECK. Some people's chidren.
deedsk_tx on January 22nd, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
Oh no...there were no children there.....this PING! came from some 65-70 year old's iphone! Randy was the youngest one there at 34!! Remember....she was 100! :)
Carrie Leigh: john cusakcarrie_leigh on January 22nd, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Well... maybe they needed to turn up their Miracle Ear to hear it?

I'm sorry, though. Why even take a cell to a funeral? What could possibly be more important than what you're doing??
Carrie Leigh: practically perfect in every waycarrie_leigh on January 22nd, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
And uh....

What's up with the pig icon? Is there a story there?
deedsk_tx on January 25th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
No real story on the piggy icon! I have a picture of him at my desk at work with the caption "there are hundreds of languages in the world but a SMILE speaks them all". I liked it...and it makes me giggle! Since November, my desk piggy has had a mask on to prevent him from getting swine flu! ha,ha
If I could figure out how to have more icons, I would change it...but I'm a bit icon illiterate! (did I even spell that right?)
Jessica K Malfoy: disney: crickie from mulanjessicakmalfoy on January 23rd, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
i thought it was just an "unclassy people from New Mexico do that" kind of thing. apparently not. when i lived in Alabama, i swear, we never had that issue when i would go see stuff at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival!