Yes, we have seen all manners of bootlegging going on at the Broadhurst... and who are the usual snitches? Us onstage.
We have the perfect vantage point to spot would-be video and still picture takers, down to your section and even the seat location. The ushers move so quickly because we move quickly, to report cameras in the audience. Those flashing red lights are a dead giveaway.
And yes, we are not pleased.
To be honest, the flashing red lights are incredibly distracting, especially in scenes that require our full focus. It's not easy doing our jobs out there, and we try as much as we can to minimize anything that would take away from what we are required to do to maintain a strong emotional connection, as well as to keep from falling on the turntable when it goes at a faster clip, or when climbing up and down the barricades. I find myself zapped back to reality in a harsh way once I spot one of those incriminating lights and become very frustrated and angry. And I know I'm not the only one that feels this same way.
We do appreciate that you want to take home a memory of your night at the theater, and we don't want to take away from an otherwise wonderful experience. We do our best on stage to give you a night you won't soon forget. However, we need your cooperation as well to do just that.
But at the end of every performance, we're only way too happy to see you at the stage door. Be as camera happy as you like then! We'll have only our best smiles for you.
Thanks for your understanding.