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Two People Of Italian City - Qualified Perceptions
firstfrost
firstfrost
Two People Of Italian City
1) Hey, Two Men of Florence is not the same as Two Gentlemen of Verona!

2) I have never heard so many cell phones ring in a theater production in my life! Were all these people raised in barns, from which they could only communicate with other barns by cell phone?
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dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: March 9th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I wonder how long it'll be before pocket-sized cellphone jammers become available.

I realize this is probably like ranting about that horrible new social phenomenon, kids parking. Ah well. :)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 9th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)

not even science fiction!

There are pocket cellphone jammers (though I guess the pocket ones aren't powerful enough to blanket an entire theater yet). Apparently other countries have varying policies about cell phone jammers in theaters, but in the US they're illegal to buy, sell, advertise, use, make, etc.
dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: March 9th, 2009 11:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: not even science fiction!

Yeah. I sorta want a car-powered one (one that blankets a radius around my car for a few car lengths, which conveniently ignores the fact that a lot of people would look puzzedly at their now-inoperative cellphone as they came near me -- i.e., become more distracted) and a pocket one.

Really, what you need are spray-on faraday cages. Clusters, libraries, theatres... just spray the inside walls with some very cheap substance that tech tech tech and bang, cellphones don't work. :)
From: brilit Date: March 9th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
The most amusing (and disturbing) cell phone situation I had in a theater went like this...

In a movie theather, a woman's cell phone rings. Instead of turning it off, she answers it, only to say, "I'm in a movie theather, I can't talk now." And then goes on to have a conversation about the fact that she can't talk, repeating that phrase about four times before the person on the other end agrees it's ok to not talk.

Just hang up. :)
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: March 10th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, Two Men of Florence is not the same as Two Gentlemen of Verona!

Yup. Um....?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 10th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, one of them was the play I was expecting to see, and one of them was the play I actually went to.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 11th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Cell phones

Hi firstfrost! Temple Gill here, the Huntington Theatre Company's Director of Marketing. You're right - we had a record number of cell phones ring on Sunday night, so much so that the director of the show re-wrote the pre-show announcement himself to more sternly ask folks to turn off their phones (we'll see if it works!). I'm so sorry you experienced this. If you'd like to talk about it, or to come back and see the show again on us, please shoot me a note at tgill@huntingtontheatre.bu.edu or call 617 273-1560. Thanks for coming to the show and for writing about it!
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