The worst audience members

Yesterday I posted a series of tweets about some of the worst audience members I have seen or heard directly about from years of working at multiple theatres.  I probably should have made it a hashtag, because there were a lot of responses from others with their own patron horror stories.

These are not the general “problem” audience members we all end up dealing with.  These aren’t the ones that play on their phones the whole show, or cough so much you would be excused for thinking they have the plague, or snore through Act 2.  These are the ones that you remember years later: the ones who result in new front-of-house procedures.

First: my Tweets:

 

But wait, there’s more!

 

 

It’s included in the price of the ticket, right?

 

Here, let me do the same to you as you head down those stairs…

 

 

At least have it be period…

 

We provide the smoke, sir!

 

Oh yeah, baby.  Talking about suffering from PTSD gets me so hot…

 

 A two-parter:

 

Dance like everyone is watching…

 

Because that would make it better…

 

 If it is the same guy I dealt with, he has some serious issues…

 

It’s like they think those are decorative…

 

Look buddy, if you want to mark your territory, sponsor a seat…

 

So, not effective…?

 Classy…

 

But the lobby is so far away!

 

The “Major League” defense..

 

Sometimes it works out better than expected…

   You can’t see me! You can’t see me!

 

EWWWWWW! Ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

 

And finally, a two-parter so odd it is famous (click the dates to see the replies).

 

Thankfully, these are the exceptions. The vast majority of our patrons experience our shows without creating more drama than is on the stage. Now if only we could get them to stop playing with their phones during the show…

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