It’s not LuPone’s first time at lashing out at rude phone addicts: In January 2009, midway through singing “Rose’s Turn” during a performance of Gypsy, LuPone unleashed fury on an audience member who had been snapping photos. “We have forgotten our public manners,” she lamented.

The glare and pings from cell phones cause problems in live performances that are frustrating for both actors as well as audience members, and there’s no reason to believe things are going to improve. It’s no surprise that some cultural purists are seeking a hard-line solution.

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