Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Republican activist from Colorado, was kicked out of a touring production of the musical “Beetlejuice” in Denver last weekend, making it the latest case study in an evolving debate about how theaters should respond to noisy audience behavior.
Ms. Boebert was accused of “causing a disturbance” at the show, according to a city of Denver incident report. The accusation is no stranger to Ms. Boebert: Last year, she heckled President Biden during the State of the Union, and the year before, she refused to have her bag searched by state security. Capitol.
The Denver incident, previously reported by the Denver Post, occurred during a performance of “Beetlejuice,” which, like the film it is based on, is about a gleefully devious ghost haunting a suburban home . The musical had a rocky run on Broadway, but became a fan favorite and enjoyed a strong tour across the country.
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, which includes the Buell Theater where Beetlejuice is currently playing, released a brief statement saying it had a set of guest policies and that: “We have been informed that two patrons did not adhere to the policies that ultimately led to their expulsion from the theater.
The city of Denver, which owns and operates the building complex in which the performing arts center is located, released an incident report that, without naming Ms. Boebert, described some details.
The report states that in response to public complaints, officials told two patrons that “they were causing a disturbance in the neighborhood by making noise, singing, using their cell phones, and that they needed to be respectful towards their neighbors.” At the start of the second act, after hearing complaints that patrons were again being loud and recording the show, the theater requested help from Denver police and asked the group to leave, according to the report. They finally did it. On the way out, according to the incident report, “They say things like ‘do you know who I am?'” and “I’m going to contact the mayor.”
The Denver Post identified Ms. Boebert as the person involved in the incident. Ms. Boebert’s campaign manager, Drew Sexton, issued a statement confirming the incident, but wording it differently.
“I can confirm the stunning and salacious rumors: In her free time, Congresswoman Lauren Boebert is indeed a supporter of the performing arts (gasp!) and, much to the dismay of a select few, enthusiastically enjoyed a weekend performance end of ‘Beetlejuice,’ which the Denver Post itself described as ‘zany,’ ‘outrageous’ and a ‘vigorous riot,'” Sexton said. “She appreciates the Buell Theater’s strict enforcement of its policy of non-photography and only wish the Biden administration could enforce our border laws as rigorously and vigorously.”
Ms. Boebert still seems to love the show, even though she was kicked out.
“That’s right, I really enjoyed the incredible Beetlejuice at the Buell Theater and I plead guilty to laughing and singing too loudly!” she posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. “Everyone should go see it if you get the chance this week and please let me know how it ends!” »
The incident comes at a time when theaters, particularly in England, are facing a range of noisy behavior from overenthusiastic patrons and are considering whether and how to restrict this behavior. These concerns also exist on Broadway, but there have been fewer high-profile confrontations.
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