The High Art Of The Pre-Show Reprimand

“People recall that distant age when the theatre began with nothing more than a lowering of the lights and the raising of a curtain, when the whole notion of pre-emptive audience rebuke was unheard of, but those days have passed into misty legend.” By now the reminder to turn off your cell phones, beepers and chiming watches — and to unwrap your candy now — is ubiquitous. Fortunately, it has also evolved into an opportunity for creativity and humor.