Patti LuPone during the Opening Night Photo Opportunity for The Lincoln Center Theatre Production of 'Shows For Days' at The Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre on June 29, 2015 in New York City.
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By Tessa Berenson
July 9, 2015

Patti LuPone went ahead and did what most people are secretly dying to do: grab a cell phone right out of someone’s hands when they won’t stop texting during a show.

The Grammy and Tony award-winning star was onstage performing “Shows for Days” Wednesday night in New York City when she reached offstage and took a glowing cell phone out of the hands of an audience member sitting near the front of the theater, CBS reports.

“We work hard on stage to create a world that is being totally destroyed by a few, rude, self-absorbed and inconsiderate audience members who are controlled by their phones,” LuPone said in a statement, according to “I am so defeated by this issue that I seriously question whether I want to work on stage anymore.”

This incident came the same week as a different theater goer stunned the audience and performers by jumping onstage during a show to try to charge a cell phone.

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