- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 9, 2015

Tony-winning actress Patti LuPone was so fed up by a spectator’s constant texting during a Wednesday night performance of “Shows for Days” that she reached down and snatched the phone out of the woman’s hands right in the middle of doing a scene.

Ms. LuPone later said in a statement that the incident at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center has her questioning her future in show business.

“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,” she said Thursday, CNN reported. “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.

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“I am so defeated by this issue that I seriously question whether I want to work on stage anymore,” she added. “Now I’m putting battle gear on over my costume to marshall the audience as well as perform.”

Lincoln Center has confirmed the incident took place but refused to comment on it.

This isn’t the first time Ms. LuPone has stopped a performance to shame an audience member. In 2009, she yelled at a photographer during “Gypsy,” CNN said.

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