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  • Maestro Joel

    No, we don’t need a “little of that” in the theatre or anywhere for that matter … what we need all around is a little respect, which obviously this kid and more and more kids of his general are lacking. Unbelievable. He does something wrong and instead of “taking this kid to the woodshed,” you praise him and say “don’t we need a little of that in the theatre?” I hope your not a parent, because it’s parents with attitudes like this (“isn’t it funny that he broke the rules, let’s laugh and praise his off-the-wall antics so that he learns doing the wrong thing gets positive attention, as apposed to showing him their are serious consequences to breaking rules and being generally stupid and disrespectful”) that are ruining younger generations.

  • RDCollins

    J. Holtham is an idiot. So is Nick Silvestri. Next!

  • Kevin Shumway

    Elitism

  • Kato McNickle

    I suspect he didn’t pay for his own ticket. Just like he’s probably not paying for college. You care more when it’s your $110. Cuz that’s 25% of an iPhone.

  • Donnie Cianciotto

    This article is nonsense and I can’t believe I just read it in it’s entirety. Maybe that was the point – maybe you were trying to shock me with your opinion and disturb me to the core so I continued reading all the way to the end because you thought, “Why not?” Listen, dude, there is a difference between a creative process that makes you think, feel, and grabs you by the balls with a “Why not?” mantra like Hand of God, and then douchey, entitled teenage kids behaving badly. You want to use “Why not?” to create art, go for it. But to use “Why not?” as an excuse for someone to disrespect that art makes no sense at all to me.

    You don’t get to walk into the kitchen at a restaurant to refill your soda, or walk behind the sales counter at the GAP to charge your phone while you find a pair of skinny jeans, or grab food with your bare hands out of the case at Starbucks because “Why not?” Don’t be ridiculous.

  • JenVegas

    Love ya J but gonna have to disagree with you on this one, and disagree with Mr Buck over there. This isn’t about “uptight elitism.” This is about going to someone’s place of work and F’ing with their stuff. And also it’s about manners and the lack thereof. If this guy KNEW he was wrong WTF was he doing? Come on. Be a grown up. As for Patti Lupone, I say get it, sister. People need to remember that theater is LIVE. There are PEOPLE acting, FOR YOU….right there, in front of your face. If you can’t respect that then stick to movie theaters.

  • Stephen F. Nunns

    Nick Silvestri is not the only story on this topic this week. We also had the instance of Patti Lupone grabbing a cellphone out of an audience member’s hand as she exited the stage. She issued a statement afterwards saying, “I am so defeated by this issue that I seriously question whether I want to work onstage anymore.” I suspect that J. Holtham will claim that this is hyperbole, and/or Lupone is just an old fogey who simply doesn’t get it. But I think it’s worth asking whether theatre HAS to matter in (as one commenter put it) “a cellphone world.” I’d like to think there is perhaps one or two places left where interactions do not have to be navigated through a screen.

    The theatre matters because it’s a spot where live interaction is actually taking place—a situation where, as a friend of mine
    once put it, you are watching actors slowly die in front of you. It’s a metaphor for the randomness, contingency and ephemerality of our existence, and one of the few places left where we can ruminate—consciously or unconsciously—about
    these matters in a communal way. And the fact that actors are up there, live, exposing themselves in such a vulnerable way should be seen as a gift, not just as a commodity.

    Basically, playing around with your phone in a theatre is just kind of dickish move. Think of it this way: Suppose you’re at a family gathering, and your five-year-old niece is trotted out to sing a little song she learned in school that day. If you spent the entire time during this little impromptu recital texting your boyfriend, wouldn’t the rest of the family think twice about inviting you to anymore familial events? And would they be wrong?

    I get it that Silvestri and the woman texting during Lupone’s show couldn’t deal with being disconnected. But if that’s really the case, why didn’t they just stay home? Everyone (including them) would have been a lot happier.

  • invisigoth

    How about the fact that he was rude, myopic and selfish. It’s not elitist to want to go somewhere and not have to deal with rude people and their technology.

    Phones, tablets and other devices have no place in a live theater or a movie theater. They are a distraction to those who truly want to be there and enjoy the show.

    Giving a crap is part of living in this society. The whole problem is that people like Silvestri have no respect for others. That’s what it comes down to – respect.

  • Dan Buck

    Thank you! I’ve been having this argument with all my theatre friends. I’m so tired of our uptight elitism. If we want theatre to continue, we can’t expect “them” to change. We need to figure out how to MATTER to a cell-phone world. I’m not saying we surrender a desire for a polite communal experience, but maybe it’s time for us to re-think what the audience experience should be. Maybe instead of demanding respect and reverence for the art through curtain speeches and FB tirades, we should earn respect with art that grabs people by their phone-addicted faces! 🙂

    I have no idea what this looks like yet. Still figuring it out. But saying “the rules” of good theatre-going louder will not win new lovers of this art form.

    • Michele Burdette Elmore

      “Maybe instead of demanding respect and reverence for the art through
      curtain speeches and FB tirades, we should earn respect with art that
      grabs people by their phone-addicted faces!” Good luck with THAT.

      • Dan Buck

        What’s the alternative? Whine louder? Hope people change back to the way they were? Good luck with that!

        • Michele Burdette Elmore

          I think the pendulum will swing back the other way. The younger generation is a bunch of self-entitled brats, raised by their self-entitled parents.

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