Actor Speaks In Tongues
Ian Hart, who is appearing in the West End play ‘Speaking In Tongues’, left the stage and shouted at an overenthusiastic member of the audience last night. It’s something no actor ever does in London, no matter how bad it gets. Now the audience member is threatening to sue for damages because he was made to feel frightened. What I find incredible about this story is that the response on the Times website is entirely on the side of the audience member, and complains about the egos of actors. But if anyone has been to the theatre lately and sat next to the eating, drinking, chatting, texting, ADD-afflicted dopes who behave as if they’re watching television, I’d want to jump from the stage and shut them up too. Worst of all are those who can’t tell a good show from a bad one and applaud automatically, just because they’re excited to be out for the evening. New York theatres are extraordinary for the way in which everyone jumps to their feet at the slightest provocation. More discernment, less reaction might be a rule to follow?