Patti LuPone “Hijacked” Audience Member’s Cell Phone, Jon Snow Hijacked Hearts: Links You Need to See


Many were paralyzed by the stabbing of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones‘ Season 5 finale. The shock was followed by a stage of mourning — for some, a very extravagant stage. But now people are finally starting to accept that he’s really gone and added to the dehumanizing tally of characters Game of Thrones has killed off. Grouping him in with other such characters while still giving him a proper memorial, Youtube user Citizen Girl has put together a GoT death-themed parody cover of Weezer’s “Say it Ain’t So,” titled, you guessed it, “Say it Ain’t Snow.”

In news of another warrior who’d be worthy of the Iron Throne, last night, during a performance of the new play Shows for Days (which Lincoln Center’s very florid description calls “a measure of gimlet-eyed reflection, a large dollop of self-deprecation and a heaping dose of hilarity”), Patti LuPone snatched a cell phone, mid-performance, from a disruptive audience member and carried it offstage. One person Tweeted, “Patti Lupone didn’t really steal the phone. She rightfully hijacked the shit out of that lady’s phone.” This comes on the heels of another cellular Broadway disruption — wherein an audience member attempted to actually leap onstage to charge his phone in an outlet that was part of the set. Lupone released an impassioned statement on such audience pettiness:

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…I am so defeated by this issue that I seriously question whether I want to work on stage anymore. Now I’m putting battle gear on over my costume to marshall the audience as well as perform.

The trailer for Brooklyn — Nick Hornby’s adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Colm Toíbin — was released today. It stars the always-excellent Saoirse Ronan as young Irish immigrant in the titular borough, who falls in love with an Italian boy and becomes torn between her past and present, and the identities she inhabits in each period. (Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters all co-star.) Liesl Schillinger said in her NY Times review of the novel back in 2009 that it “quietly, modestly shows how place can assert itself, enfolding the visitor, staking its claim”; the trailer is slightly less modest, and spending even these couple of minutes with it may make you verklempt.

And if that trailer didn’t give you a dizzying rush of feelings, this “open-air house of mirrors” — which was one of the winners of the Museum of Modern Art’s Young Architects Program International, and may be constructed in Chile next year — will at least do the dizzying part. If you’re still feeling completely steady on your feet, Keith Richards is about to take you on a wild, er, “musical journey that takes in reggae (‘Love Overdue’), rock (‘Trouble’), country (‘Robbed Blind’) and the blues (‘Blues in the Morning’).” The “journey” is called Crosseyed Heart, and will be his first LP in 23 years.