Archive for March, 2012

Zombies belong on stage, not in the audience

March 25, 2012

As if theatregoers forgetting to turn off their phones weren’t enough, now we have to contend with smartphones that turn themselves on. I’ve been testing an Android smartphone for work. After a recent system update, I noticed that several minutes after I had turned it off, I would often hear the trademark “Droid” sound coming from my pocket or the bedroom marking the boot sequence reaching a certain point. I Googled the issue and apparently there are a lot of posts indicating it’s been a problem for a while, although I only noticed it these past couple weeks. So I’ve taken to setting my test phone to silent before turning it off at theatres. (At a recent performance they asked us to use Airplane mode as the phones apparently mess with the sound system.) I’ll note I’ve had the phone turn on unasked at least once at a performance, fortunately with the sound off.

A co-worker suggested the pocket detection setting was to blame. I turned pocket detection off a couple days ago and so far it hasn’t spontaneously booted since then. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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Depending on the politeness of strangers

March 8, 2012

Occasionally during feedback sessions for a new play reading, somebody will say that something in the script “took me out of out of the play,” that is that something in the play reminded them they were in an audience watching a play. This evening, something happened in real life that threw me into the world of my play. And it all started when I walked into my favorite taqueria to order a burrito.

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