Sssh!! Russia's oldest theater hushes mobile phones
quote: MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's oldest theater has installed equipment to block mobile phone signals in a desperate attempt to force patrons to stop taking calls during performances, Itar-Tass news agency reported on Thursday.
Plays, operas, ballets and films in Russia are routinely punctuated by the trilling of mobile phones and many patrons are unashamed about chatting in defiance of terse warnings to turn phones off at the start of the evening.
"Although the technology is rather expensive, our theater accepted the costs in order to protect the artists from unpleasant surprises," said Alexander Chepurov of St Petersburg's Alexandrinsky theater, which was founded in 1756.
He said one actor had been forced to deal with "noises off" the only way he could, declaiming: "Turn off that stupid phone and let me finish my soliloquy!"
I think large, czech-sized ushers should find the offenders and break their phones in two. Handing the two pieces back, of course.
Good for that theater.
There are a lot of people in the world that should be slapped hard.
I remember going to a High School play that Enron was in (the third circle of parental hell) and a woman stood up on stage prior to the start of it and requested in a clear and a loud voice that everyone turn off their cell phones until after the performance. About two minutes into the first act a cell phone emitted its musical chime. There are some real titans of stupidity out there.
Cody got a text message the other day that, when opened, says very loudly, "I'm looking at gay porn!! I'm looking at two guys having sex on my cell phone!! Hey everybody! I'm looking at gay porn on my cell phone!!!"