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Kate Walsh Stops Show Over Hearing Aid – Time to be a Better Actor

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Kate Walsh revealed on ‘The View’ today that she stopped her monologue in the middle of her Off-Broadway show, ‘Dusk Rings a Bell,’ because she thought someone’s cell phone was going off – it turned out to be a hearing aid.  Walsh isn’t the first actor to stop a show because of a distraction.  Hugh Jackman & Daniel Craig stopped mid-scene in their Broadway show, ‘A Steady Rain,’ because of a cell phone.  I have a couple of things to say about this.  First, if you cannot continue a scene because of an audience distraction, get your ass off Broadway (or in Kate Walsh’s case – Off-Off-Broadway).  I know that you are used to the Los Angeles way of filming, where you get to fart around all day while everyone else does the heavy lifting, but New York is for real actors.  And real actors can tune out distractions during a live performance.  Second, contrary to the ridiculous cowboy-like attitude of Jackman & Craig in the scene below, you aren’t proving any points by calling people out.  Instead, you are ruining the entire show for the other 99% of the audience.