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Broadway Audience Member Tries to Charge Cell Phone Onstage

July 9, 2015 | By |

A theatergoer on Broadway tried to plug his cell phone into a prop outlet onstage.

Don’t be this guy. While we can all identify with the near-desperate sense of urgency that accompanies a low smartphone battery, one Broadway patron took things to a new level. The man crawled out of the audience and plugged his phone into what he thought was a power outlet, but was really just a non-functional prop.

While a dead mobile device may seem like an emergency these days, common sense has to come into play at some point. The social media team for the play “Hand to God” made light of the situation on Facebook, but there’s little doubt that the play’s cast and crew took offense to the incident.

Witnesses said the man’s attempt failed, as the outlet was a non-functioning part of the show’s set, and workers quickly arrived to unplug the phone and make a bold announcement about not using the set for charging.

“Well, where can I charge it?” the man was quoted as saying by the blog Broadway Adjacent.

After all, theater attendees are supposed to turn their devices off when they walk into a theater in the first place. The act of plugging a phone in onstage is really a double-whammy of awful etiquette. When did we get so attached to our devices, and how can we keep people from doing foolish things like this?

One simple solution would be to install Veloxity mobile charging stations in theater lobbies. Having a charging kiosks in your theater lobby will be a big hit you are not supposed to have your phone in the theater anyways you might as well have a fully charged phone when the play finishes. If you don’t think you can last the whole play without your phone you’re in luck! Longer plays are often broken down into acts with 10 minute intermissions. This allows charging kiosk users to grab their phone and even plug it in for the rest of the play if you held onto your dying phone throughout the first act or two. If patrons walk into the show with fully charged devices, perhaps their sense of theater etiquette will be restored.