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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!
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...