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Theatre Etiquette
(This article originally appeared in Stagebill. Reprinted with permission.)
  • Go easy with the atomizer: many people are highly allergic to perfume and cologne.
  • If you bring a child, make sure etiquette is part of the experience. Children love learning new things.
  • Unwrap all candies and cough drops before the curtain goes up or the concert begins.
  • Make sure cell phones, beepers and watch alarms are OFF. And don't jangle the bangles.
  • The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point.
  • Note to love birds: When you lean your heads together, you block the view of the person behind you. Leaning forward also blocks the view.
  • THOU SHALT NOT TALK, or hum, or sing along or beat time with a body part.
  • Force yourself to wait for a pause or intermission before rifling through a purse, backpack or shopping bag.
  • Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress is discourteous.
  • The old standby: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.