Remember Your Theater Etiquette And See These Shows
Entertainment

Heading To Broadway Over Break? Remember These 6 Things For Theater Etiquette

Friendly reminder that even at the theater, you are still in public.

55
Heading To Broadway Over Break? Remember These 6 Things For Theater Etiquette
Credit: Joe Wojtkowski

Live theater can be one of the most thrilling and enriching experiences in a person's life. I cannot begin to describe all the inspiration, motivation, and stories that I have derived from the countless theatrical experiences I have had. However, all experiences weren't exactly great ones.

The theater is an inclusive place where all are welcome, but sometimes a show can draw a crowd that doesn't exactly know the Do's and Don'ts of theater etiquette.

1. Dress Accordingly

Giphy

Would you ever pay over $300 to go somewhere and wear a T-shirt or sweatpants? You should probably find something nice to throw on. Bumming it is for comfortably watching TV at home, not for watching professionals perform.

2. NO. CELL. PHONES. 

Need to text your boyfriend or girlfriend back? Wait until intermission. You will get bombarded by ushers pointing small flashlights at you reminding you to get off your phone. Sometimes actors go so far as breaking character and disrupt the scene to tell you to get off your phone. (We're looking at you, Kanye.)

Patti LuPone did so much as to snatch an audience members phone out of their hand while she was texting during her performance. Trust me, you would NOT want to feel a diva's wrath.

3. Pictures are for Playbills, not for the middle of the show

Credit: Joe Wojtkowski

You spent a buck or two and want to photograph the moment you're enjoying with your friends or family, understood. Snap a picture of your Playbill held up over in front of the stage, maybe a selfie with your friends and call it a day. Don't bring your phone out to take pictures of actors mid-scene, or even record a dance number. Their movement is astonishing and their costumes are lovely, but the picture should be engraved into your mind, not your phone.

(To the moms I saw trying to film "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical," this one's for you.)

4. Sick on the day of the show? Exchange your tickets

Giphy

Nothing annoys audience members more than listening to your coughing fit while they are trying to enjoy the show. What is even more mind-boggling is when people choose to have coughing fits at probably THE most dramatic point of the show.

Andrew Garfield was mid-monologue in "Angels in America," sobbing through his character who was dying of AIDS in the '80s, maybe this isn't the best time for you to start coughing. Especially when just about the whole audience is in tears.

5. Tired? Grab a coffee before the show.

Seeing a show can be quite the commitment, ranging from a time length of 90 minutes to up to four hours. If you feel like you won't be able to stay awake for the whole thing, maybe grab a coffee or a 5 Hour Energy beforehand, snoring in the middle of the show is distracting, disturbing, and rude to the entire audience.

At a preview performance of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel," a man at intermission told me he had driven five hours from Boston, Massachusetts and paid $600 to see this show. He was snoring through the entire first act.

6. Be kind to one another.

Giphy

In a world with so much turmoil and hate, we need to remember to treat each other with kindness. The theater is a place that celebrates love and acceptance, a place where you leave your troubles outside and focus on the art that is unfolding in front of you.

If someone is sleeping, nicely ask someone in their party to please wake them up.

If someone is on their phone, politely ask them to get off and it is distracting.

If someone is being loud, kindly tell them to please stop talking.

We're all here for the same purpose, to experience and appreciate artwork and hopefully learn something new, so let's be kind to one another as we go through these experiences together.

There are a ton of wonderful shows out there that would make your winter break one to remember.

Need some girl power? The Lincoln Center revival of "My Fair Lady" is perfect for you to feel empowered by the end of the show. Not only is it a night full of lush vocals and stunning visuals, but the story of "My Fair Lady" is as relevant as ever in the #MeToo era. Eliza Doolittle's story of realizing her worth and overcoming the men who belittled her is one that will never fade.

If you're looking for a night that will have you laughing in the aisles, the musical adaptation of everyone's favorite movie "Mean Girls" will do just the thing. From the unreal vocals of Regina George to the ever so hilarious movie lines, this show would be perfect for your night out.

Or if you want more of a concert vibe, maybe grab tickets to "The CHER Show" or "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical," either way, your night will be thrilling from the moment the curtain rises until the moment it falls.


media1.giphy.com

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

-Having struggled with acne prone skin for years, I was cautious to try a new serum on top of the other products I've come to trust.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Your Social Activism May Actually Benefit From A Cleansing Social Media Detox

In the craziest year of our lives, sometimes there's value in taking a break.

We are living through, unequivocally, one of the most dangerous, unstable, chaotic periods of any of our lives. From COVID-19 to crises of police brutality to the mass exploitation of the poor by mega-corporations, the world outside seems to be looking more dystopic every day. What can be done about it? For many, activism involves heavily posting on social media to keep others aware. However, this comes with a net negative cost — increased levels of anxiety, depression, and hopelessness about the state of the world. Why might this be? After all, in past eras activists have endured comparable and greater levels of abuse and relentless torment from oppressors. Why, now, are people getting so easily burnt out?

Keep Reading... Show less

Reading is a relaxing activity that provides many benefits. Everybody reads books (when they are not watching Netflix, chatting on social media, or making Tik Tok videos) to distract themselves from reality for a while. Many do not realize the positive impact that books have like reducing stress, assisting with sleep, improving cognitively, and strengthening the mind. In honor of National Book Day, there are many great novels that you can read to mark this special holiday. Here are the best ones to check out.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

5 Things You Need To Know Before You Watch 'Arrested Development' On Netflix

"Her?" Yes, she's an amazing show! (You'll get this joke after you watch the show).

Netflix

"Arrested Development" is an award-winning sitcom that aired for three seasons on Fox beginning in 2003, and then was picked up by Netflix for a fourth season in 2013, and then again for a final season in 2018.

However, it seems to remain one of the world's most underrated and under-appreciated shows of all time. Although this article alone won't be enough to skyrocket the show to Netflix's top 10, I hope that it will open people's eyes to the value and quality of the show.

Keep Reading... Show less

I have always felt left out because of how I look and who I am. I have always felt like the elephant in the room, literally. I have always been shamed for my size. For the longest time, I cared so much about what I wear and who I wore certain things in front of. I never wanted to wear shirts that would show a lot of my arm, located above my elbow. I wouldn't wear shorts that didn't go to the tip of my knees, at least. I never wore anything remotely tight, where you could see every curve, roll, or imperfection. I was so insecure about myself, and not many of my friends knew.

Keep Reading... Show less

Being a pharmacy technician never held as many risks as it does now. Exposure too hazardous conditions were little to none, and garbing up was only conducted in IV compounding. But, now, in order to give nurses the medications they need to help their patients, they need us, pharmacy technicians.

Keep Reading... Show less
Swoon

I Asked My Boyfriend His Opinion On Liking Other Girls’ Pictures, And, Spoiler Alert, It's Cheating

"When you get into a relationship and you're in love, you have to realize that liking photos is for the single lifestyle."

Ladies, listen up. If you are in a relationship with a guy and he is liking other girls' pictures on social media, then it's a red flag. A man who can look at someone else and show interest by liking it means he doesn't care about your feelings AT ALL.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

Celebrities Stealing Designs From Small Fashion Labels Is NOT A Good Look, And They Need To Pay Up

When larger, more established figures or brands steal from lesser-known independent creators, they are taking opportunities away from these creators while also profiting from someone else's work and claiming it as their own.

Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B recently collaborated on their new single "WAP," with the music video also being released on Friday. Both Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B posted photos of themselves on Instagram to celebrate the premiere of "WAP." An independent designer quickly noticed that the rappers' matching tops were copies of a top she had designed last year.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

When You Have A Disability, Finding A Job Is Twice As Hard, Believe Me, I Know

We have got to create a safer work environment for people with disabilities.

"My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn't prevent you from doing well, and don't regret the things it interferes with. Don't be disabled in spirit as well as physically." – Stephen Hawking

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

7 Books That Are NOT In The Young Adult Genre That Will Change Your Life

Young Adult isn't the only genre that exists, so here are seven books that any book lover wanting to try something new will love.

One of the most popular genres in literature that everyone has read at least one book from is Young Adult fiction. Now, I personally can say that, in the past, I have been one of those people that only read from the YA section of the bookstore.
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with just reading one genre, it's good sometimes to venture out of your reading comfort zone into the other book genres of the literary world.

In a previous article, I discussed the importance and power of words. The perfect example of this is literature and its impact on the world. Books have always played a crucial part in human lives, from how we are able to expand our knowledge to how we pass our time.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments