Nicky Margolis: Texting in the theater turns us into teenagers

December 8, 2011

Recently, texting in the theater and not being considered the rudest person on earth became a distinct possibility. Nicky Margolis explains, with her thoughts on how this new theater etiquette precedent might make us all teenagers. Read an excerpt here, and listen below. As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.

Construction for the new Tateuchi Center in Bellevue, Washington has not yet broken ground, but already the theater has a groundbreaking idea that it hopes will attract younger audiences to its shows. According to the New York Times, the 2000-seat concert hall and 250-seat cabaret will be the first of its kind to allow text-messaging during its live performances. Set to open in 2014, plans are in place to wire the building, and install a 12 to 14 foot antenna to ensure clear cell phone reception.

Which is great. Because Nielsen reports that in 2010, the average teenager sent 3,339 texts per month. Or about 6 texts every waking hour. So, with the average theater performance being two hours long, that's at least twelve texts per show. That is twelve important thoughts that would remain unexpressed in a normal, non-text friendly theater. Thank you Tateuchi Center! Finally a place that understand how to appease teenagers. Just let them blindly do whatever they want to do.

This Saturday at the Horseshoe is one of the last times you can see the Machete in December, before the holiday winds of change sweep us all away. They'll be talking about Blago, obviously, and the line-up includes Madame Barker’s Cabaret (Molly Brennan and John Fournier); Occupiers Art and Nancy Brennan; Chad the Bird; comedian Cameron Esposito; Kate James and Steve Waltien of The Second City and WBEZ's Claire Zulkey. With music by Baby Teeth.

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