July 8, 2015

The Willing Suspension of Disbelief?

At one of last week's performances of the hit play Hand to God, a member of the audience was looking for an outlet to charge his cellphone. Was he engaging in his own little bit of performance art? Or did he really think most (if not all) of the set in front of him is real? In either case, he spotted the electrical outlet onstage and plugged his phone in. Ushers promptly reconnected him and his phone, and disconnected the phone from the (fake) outlet, as the AP tells us here.
Do theatergoers really think that any kind of behavior is permissible today? So many questions!

The producers are using the incident to "charge" up publicity for the play (see a pic of the new poster here, via Ars Technica).

More here from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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