Saw Les Miserables this weekend...need to vent....

  1. Like the title states, my DH and I went to see Les Mis on Saturday night at the Academy of Music in Philly. Now, I have been going to see musicals, concerts, ballet, etc since I was a young girl, and I knew THEN, at 10, the proper way to act when you are seeing a show. Now, it's been many years since I've been to the Academy to see a performance, but I cannot believe how rude and inconsiderate grown adults have become.

    First, my BIGGEST pet peeve, I must have heard at least 8 cell phones go off various times throughout the performance. HELLO???!! Common sense should tell these people to make sure the volume is turned off BEFORE the show begins!

    Second, people talking during the performance. I'm not talking about the occaisional whispered comments, I'm talking whispered conversations. The group of people behind me continued talking a while after the show started and only stopped when I turned around and stared at them.

    Last, and I know this can't be helped sometimes, people coming in late. Right as the 2nd act was going to begin, a bunch of people walked in and tried to seat themselves in the dark (of course, this was in the empty row right in front of us). Like I said, I know things happen and one can show up late, but it's still frustrating.

    Other than that, we had a wonderful time. I LOVE Les Mis and have had the soundtrack going thru my head for the past 2 days!

    "To love another person is to see the face of God......"

    In June..Swan Lake!!! I think I'll try for box seats, then no one will be around me! (Yeah, like I can afford that! )

    Thanks for letting me rant!

    Jennifer
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   piper_for_hire
    I saw was there on Friday night and it was the same thing. Lots of cell phones and chatting. However, I thought the play was rather boring -- but I might have been put off by all of the distractions.
  4. by   CashewLPN
    If I'm not mistaken... in NYC, they can ticket you for cellphones going off in theater settings (IE- Broadway plays, The Opera, Ballet)



    I like it.
    good idea.... (I don't think Mayor Bloomberg repealed that one.)
  5. by   Tweety
    I go to the theater here in Tampa. They make an announcement for people to turn off their cell phones. I've seen them go off only once or twice, not enough to take much notice.

    Love the idea of ticketing for disturbing the peace if a cell phone goes off in the theater.

    Les Miserables is my alltime favorite musical. Just the best.
  6. by   lucianne
    We went to see the Nutcracker over the holidays and people sitting in the row behind us continued their conversation well into the overture. It was so bad, my husband turned around and stared at them and he never does things like that (I refrained because he gets mad when I shush people, so maybe he was trying to keep me from giving them the Death Glare). They kept talking. Finally the woman next to them said "Will you please stop talking?" much more nicely than I would have managed. Since lots of people never come to the Center for the Arts except for "special" occasions like the Nutcracker or The Lion King, I thought maybe they were just cretins who didn't know any better. Then I heard them talking during intermission and one of the offenders was saying she'd been coming to the ballet for years.

    I really get annoyed at people who talk during any kind of performance or lecture. It is so incredibly rude. I even hate people who talk during foreign films with subtitles. I didn't pay money to hear their stupid conversation. I want to be immersed in the performance, even if I don't understand what the actors are saying.

    luci, the curmudgeon
  7. by   colleen10
    Hi Jennifer,

    I totally feel for you. I love going to musicals and the ballet but what is up with some people?!

    I have experienced a few people chatting, etc. but I don't think I've ever experienced anything quite like you did. That's just awful, what a way to ruin a good show.

    I thought that most theaters closed the doors when the show started and would not allow anyone in after that until intermission. Have most places stopped that practice?

    The worst I experienced was last spring when I went to see "Contact". The show was great, the audience well behaved, until the very end when the cast came out for a second round of applause and hardly anyone clapped, they were all out of their seats rushing to leave even before the house lights were up. I was so embarrased for the city of Pittsburgh and felt bad for the cast because it was an excellent show, I think perhaps it was because the audience was primarily composed of age 65 and older. I don't think "Contact" was their type of performance. But, on the other hand, maybe it's because of our large elderly population that attends shows that we don't have cell phones going off and people talking throughout the show.

    Recently, I believe at a performance by the Pittsburgh Symphony, an elderly woman's cell phone went off during the performance. The conductor stopped the show, walked down the aisle to her and said something snooty to her. Whiile I understand that some people by nature of their jobs, doctor's etc. need a cell phone on them, is it so hard to turn it off or put it on vibrate?

    If I can find an article about it I'll post it.
  8. by   nurseygrrl
    Yes, in NYC you can be ticketed for disrupting a performance. I don't know how many times it's actually happened, but I do know that you will, at the very least, be thrown out on your a** if you disrupt a play in NY with your cell phone!
  9. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from HerEyes73
    Yes, in NYC you can be ticketed for disrupting a performance. I don't know how many times it's actually happened, but I do know that you will, at the very least, be thrown out on your a** if you disrupt a play in NY with your cell phone!

    Brian Dennehy was performing in "Death of a Salesman" and was at a pivotal moment in the show when someone's cell rang. He stopped in the middle of what was going on, and publicly berated the offender.

    I saw "Henry V" with Ethan Hawk and Kevin Kline on Broadway. I did not hear in phones ring, but there were alot of dimbulbs that ran in and out and in and out with their cells in their hands. Given what the tickets cost, what a waste.
  10. by   fergus51
    MORONS!!! They should be beaten senseless with their cellphones.

    I LOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEEE Les Mis. Always cry with "the rain can't hurt me now.... This rain will waaaash awaaaaay what's paaaaast....." and then feel like a big dork
  11. by   jnette
    Quote from fergus51
    MORONS!!! They should be beaten senseless with their cellphones.

    DITTO !!! Then point to the door... "RAUS" !!! :angryfire
  12. by   AmyLiz
    Yep. That & the fact that no one dresses properly for the theater anymore.
  13. by   CseMgr1
    Quote from fergus51
    MORONS!!! They should be beaten senseless with their cellphones.

    I LOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEEE Les Mis. Always cry with "the rain can't hurt me now.... This rain will waaaash awaaaaay what's paaaaast....." and then feel like a big dork

    They need to hang up and shut up! How rude!
  14. by   jkaee
    Quote from fergus51
    MORONS!!! They should be beaten senseless with their cellphones.

    I LOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEEE Les Mis. Always cry with "the rain can't hurt me now.... This rain will waaaash awaaaaay what's paaaaast....." and then feel like a big dork

    I love it, too, but NO ONE compares to the original cast from England. Michael Ball has a voice like butterscotch, and he was born to play Marius!

    I had a habit of crying during Fontine's "Come To Me"...."take her now....your child will want for nothing......"

    Well, glad to hear Philly isn't the only city with rude people! I thought I was being picky, because it didn't bother my husband, but then again, he usually doesn't notice something until it jumps up and bites him in the a**. :chuckle


    Jennifer

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