Q: Is it okay to be on your phone at the theatre?

GEMMA
Okay, guys...so here's a big question for you. Is it okay to be on your phone at the theatre? I have LOTS of thoughts on this. 

ANDREW
Ummm, I don't have a problem with it.

CHRISTINE
I think it is if it's an emergency....otherwise *hard eye roll*  

GEMMA
Like... at all? It's such an issue for me. Yeah, I agree with Christine all the way. I likely won't confront someone who is on their phone at the theatre, but inwardly I'll be pissed.

CHRISTINE
Wait Andrew, you don't care at all if someone is talking on the phone during a show? 

ANDREW
Listen, it's not a problem, because what if the person is just trying to look for spots around town to eat? After the theatre.

CHRISTINE
They can do before or after...or during the wonderful thing called intermission.

GEMMA
Then do that AFTER THE SHOW!

ANDREW
Wait a minute, talking on the phone is a bit much, but using the phone I don't really care about. But wait, if someone is talking on the phone, it depends on how loud they are too.

GEMMA
But the lights are distracting in a dark theatre. 

CHRISTINE
But it's so quiet in the theatre, whispering can be as loud as shouting in there. 

ANDREW
What if someone has a child and they need to text their babysitter?

CHRISTINE
That's an emergency situation that should be set up before the show. Like "If my kid is dying, call me."

GEMMA
Yeah, that's it. Emergencies are one thing. But whenever I see someone on their phone, they are always on Facebook. 

ANDREW
It's not that distracting to me, I  literally can block out noise if I'm into something. You girls are easily distracted.

GEMMA
There are some smaller productions that encourage the use of phones, and that's one thing. But during Broadway, I think it's a major no-no. 

ANDREW
What if they're not into the show and they're bored out their mind?! Like it's not a big deal for me. 

GEMMA
Then leave the show!

CHRISTINE
If you're bored, leave.

GEMMA
Or just suck it up for two hours. 

ANDREW
We live in a time where people can't get off their phones and I understand that and don't have a problem with it.

GEMMA
I mean, jeez. You should have a problem with it.  

CHRISTINE
If you're that attached, then a 2 hour show is a bad choice as an activity for you. 

GEMMA
Has your phone ever gone off at the theatre?

ANDREW
My phone has never rung in a theatre because I always put it on silent. 

GEMMA
Same here. But what would you do if you were that person? Would it bother you?

ANDREW
But has my phone lit up because of a text message?
HELL YEAH! 

CHRISTINE
My phone has never rung either. 

GEMMA
And have you answered those text messages? During the show? 

CHRISTINE
Nope, I wouldn't. Not even Mum. Then again, I've never had an emergency situation. 

GEMMA
Exactly, I couldn't agree more. Have you ever been to the theatre with someone who has been on their phone during a show? I have, and it's the worst. 

ANDREW
I sure have!

CHRISTINE
Don't you feel like an asshole if you use your phone during a show to text about something as trivial as "I'm bored"?

ANDREW
There are RULES TO THIS PHONE IN THE THEATRE THING!

GEMMA
What are they?

ANDREW
You have to put your brightness all the way down and put that PHONE on night mode and it's barely noticeable. 

GEMMA
Key word: barely! People can still see it. 

Christine:
If I can't tell, you're fine. If I can, I'm rolling my eyes hard. 

GEMMA
I feel like it's so easily avoidable. Just stay off the phone until intermission or after the show. Then go back to being a phone zombie like everyone else. 

ANDREW
I've never texted "I'm bored" because that's just rude, but if it's a good conversation I was having before the show, I would like to continue it!!!!!!

CHRISTINE
Yeah, it's not that long. Make a game out of it if you need to: "How long can I go without my phone?"

ANDREW
Or if some breaking news notification pops up on my phone, I will definitely check it out. 

GEMMA
Andrew, you would continue a conversation even if the show was engaging?

CHRISTINE
Beyoncé being pregnant isn't breaking news. 

GEMMA
Hahahaha 

CHRISTINE
...Okay maybe to Andrew.....

ANDREW
If the show was SOOOOOOO good, I wouldn't even look at my phone. 

CHRISTINE
So you're gonna blame the show? You have legs, you can leave. 

ANDREW
But if there are dull moments and I'm soooo bored, I will text someone back!

GEMMA
That's a bit of a relief. At least you only use your phone when you're bored. 

ANDREW
BEYONCÉ BEING PREGNANT IS WORLD BREAKING NEWS. 

GEMMA
Oh BOY.

ANDREW
Do you think using your phone is as rude as leaving in the middle of a show?

GEMMA
No, definitely not. Leaving in the middle is a whole different scale of disruption. Unless you do it during intermission.

CHRISTINE
Leaving the show means you've removed yourself from seen as the dude who was rude during a show. It's a win/win.

ANDREW
Yes only if I'm bored lmao, or I see my phone lighting up too many times which would make me think it's an emergency. Dull moment = I'm bored lmao

GEMMA
You expect to be entertained during every moment of your life? #milennials

CHRISTINE
You have to know that there might not be stuff you'll like. 

GEMMA
That's the reality of life.

CHRISTINE
At least 100% of the time. 

GEMMA
Totally.

ANDREW
Exactly and when there are those moments I can turn them into great ones with my CELL PHONE!!!!!

CHRISTINE
Not really...it's pretty selfish to think you aren't affecting other people's "special moments" w/ yours. 

ANDREW
If I'm not entertained, I'm sorry, I'm gonna be on my phone. It's not like I'm waving my phone in the air. I would position it the best way I can so people don't see it, you know. 

GEMMA
What if you were performing on stage and you saw people on their phones even though you had worked so hard on whatever you were performing?

CHRISTINE
What if it's someone's first show and that's what they think of theatre? The thing I can't get over is that you made the choice to be there.

GEMMA
Exactly, Christine. You committed. Also, what if you were on your phone at the theatre and somebody told you to put it away? How would you respond?

ANDREW
My show would be a show where you can use your phones. And it depends on who tells me to put it away.

GEMMA
Fair enough, Andrew haha

CHRISTINE
Would you get up and say something, Gemma? I know I wouldn't cause it would just make a bigger deal. 

GEMMA
I would never confront a person on their phone because I find talking in the theatre even more annoying than being on your phone in the first place. 

CHRISTINE
Who would you actually listen to, Andrew?

ANDREW
If it's a staff member/usher, then I would put it away nice and calmly lol. But if it's a random person that looks like they just want to annoy me then I'm turning my brightness and volume up.

CHRISTINE
Mmmmmmmmm, an act of defiance. 

ANDREW
No I'm not, I'd probably just put it away too. 

CHRISTINE
I mean, if I was using my phone and someone asked rudely, I'd understand the urge to stay on my phone. 

GEMMA
But you're already being rude in the first place haha.

ANDREW
I'd be so rude if an audience member told me to put my phone away, like "Are you serious? You need to worry about your wig before worrying about my phone."

GEMMA
Hahaha omg Andrew, I'm dying.

So...should there be a "no phones" rule enforced in Broadway theatres? Or do you think it's not realistic?

ANDREW
I feel like there's already a no phones rule. I mean they tell you not to use your phones. That's enough for me. 

CHRISTINE
"Shut off your phone and unwrap your candy."

GEMMA
There is, I just wanna know if you think the rule is necessary. I personally think that without the rule there would be a ton more people using their phones and even trying to record illegally. 

CHRISTINE
It clearly is, since there are people who can't stand not being on their phone for a couple of hours. 

GEMMA
Unfortunately. 

ANDREW
And that's me!!!!!! I mean hello? Don't you follow me on Instagram: @HolyAlejandro

CHRISTINE
Okay, social media star 

ANDREW
BLOOOOOP. You can tell I'm always ready to capture the moment. Oh, and don't forget about Twitter: @HolyAlejandro and Snapchat: Alejandro-Holy. It's really hard and more work than you both would think. It's not easy being me!!!!!!!!!!!

CHRISTINE

GEMMA

But yeah, maybe it's a bit much for me to expect several hundreds of people to just sit in the dark silently for two hours with no distractions. But a girl can dream... 

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