I wish every theatergoer would read and follow these rules! I get so frustrated when someone pulls out their cellphone during a show and starts to text. A quick story and then I’ll be quiet! Once, I was in the audience during a production of the Drowsy Chaperone. Now, the design of the stage is a theatre in the round, with the four sides of the stage being surrounded by the audience. If you enter the right section, you have to walk around the sides of the theatre to get to your seat. However, one audience member thought they could take a shortcut by walking across the stage, knocking over a few props while trying to get to his seat. My inner techie was furious! It clearly states that you should not walk on the stage at anytime. Wow…some people….
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Check your tickets in advance: There are three stages at the Guthrie, so it’s important to be sure you’re in the right theater on the right day. Printed on each ticket is the name of play, the theater in which it’s playing and the date and time of the performance, along with your row and seat number. Ushers will ask to see your tickets, maybe even more than once. Please be patient, as they’re just trying to make sure everyone gets to the right theater.
Arrive early: Because you are attending a live performance, we ask that you be in your seat before the play begins. You will not be able to enter the theater once the performance begins, except at a point pre-determined by the director. This could mean that you’ll be watching the first 30 minutes of the play on a monitor in the lobby. Remember, you might need extra time to park so plan to arrive about 30 minutes before the performance.
Take care of personal needs: Try to use the restroom before the show begins. Leaving the theater during the performance is disturbing to both the actors and the other members of the audience.
Phones: Turn them off. Seriously. And if you turn them on at intermission, turn it off again for the duration of the performance.
During the performance:
Be respectful: Please remember that if you can hear the actors, they can hear you. Don’t talk or whisper, rummage through your bag, unwrap candies or eat during the performance. Texting is not allowed in the auditorium — the light emitted is distracting to both performers and other audience members. We would appreciate it if no one sent text messages or e-mails, played games or otherwise used Blackberries, iPhones or any other portable messaging device.
And what we said about turning off your phone: we really mean it. Please.
After the performance:
Remain in the theater for the curtain call: At the end of the performance there is usually a curtain call. This is when the actors come on stage to accept your appreciation. They’ve worked very hard and this is your chance to thank them. Rushing out before the curtain call is rude to the performers and disturbs the rest of the audience. Wait to leave until the curtain call is over and exit with the rest of the audience.
i hate it when people say that sutton foster isn’t portraying the role of Reno correctly. Or when people say that an actor is portraying a character “incorrectly” in general.
Different actors interpret roles in different ways. Plus everybody’s like “HOMG PATTI WAS SO MUCH MORE SEDUCTIVE” not realizing that if Sutton had attempted to portray Reno as Patti or any of the other previous actresses did, people would have flipped their shit and said she was copying them.
the beauty of acting is that it is so freely interpreted. accept that.