Benedict Cumberbatch

To text or not to text

To text or not to text

Recently, while waiting for a Broadway play to begin, an audience member noticed a charger on the curtainless stage, and so he walked up onto the stage with his cell phone, which he nonchalantly plugged in. During an off Broadway play in July, actress Patti LuPone left the stage and seized a cellphone from a texting audience member. And a month later, actor Benedict Cumberbatch pleaded with a London audience to put devices away during a production of "Hamlet."

Why spend $100 on a theater ticket when you text during the performance, wasting your time and distracting others?

Incredibly, these offensive behaviors seem to be getting worse, with no end in sight. Judging...