You might be a Bronte Fan if…..
- You own and/or have seen several filmed adaptations of the novels.
- You own and or/have read all of their novels.
- You own and/or have read biographies or fictional stories based on the lives of the Brontes.
- You are annoyed when Charlotte and Emily are mentioned, but Anne is not.
- If you are a straight female or a gay man, you fantasize about Edward Rochester or Heathcliff.
- Visiting Haworth, the Bronte Parsonage, Haddon Hall, and/or the Moors is on your travel bucket list.
- You mourn over dead leaves.
- You follow the careers of the actors who have played Bronte characters, even if some of their post-Bronte choice of roles were questionable.
- You can easily rank your favorite adaptations of the novels and the actors who played the various characters.
- You saw the Jane Eyre musical.
- Your annoyed when people confuse any of Brontes with Jane Austen. Jane Austen is not the sequel or the prequel to Jane Eyre.
- You side with Emily Bronte in the debate about who is a better writer.
- You were thrilled when you assigned to read one of the novels in school.
- And finally, every time you finish one of their novels, you silently thank them for being bold enough to share their genius with the rest of the world.
Any regular theater attendee knows and is warned beforehand to turn off their cell phones or put them on silent before the show begins. This is especially true when sitting either spitting distance from the stage or watching a small production in a small theater.
One woman did not heed the warning. During a performance last week, an audience member was texting during Show For Days starring Patti LuPone. Not breaking character, Ms. LuPone grabbed the woman’s cell phone without ceremony, handed to the stage manager and returned to the stage as if nothing had happened.
I say good for her.
Like many people, I am addicted to my cell phone. It is never too far from my grasp. But there are times when it is best to keep the phone off. Going the theater is one of them.
The people who work in theater, both on and off stage, work very hard to create the illusion of the performance. The people attending the show want to be there and want the illusion. They pay good money (and believe me, the ticket prices for some shows are not cheap) for that illusion. To see someone texting or using social media during the performance breaks the illusion and ultimately ruins the show for all involved.
A lesson learned, not just for this woman, but any present and future theater attendees. Put the phone away. It won’t kill you to not look at your phone for two hours.