Joe Manganiello stayed in character as Stanley Kowalski while letting an "insanely distracting" audience member know that taking photos during a performance is just plain rude.
The Mt. Lebanon native and "True Blood" star Manganiello addressed the culprit during a scene with Stella (Sarah Sokolovic) in the Yale Repertory Theatre production of "A Streetcar Named Desire."
"Can you stop with the camera? You have no idea how distractin' it is!" he said, according to Yale Alumni Magazine, which added that he remained in character and returned to complete the scene.
Playbill.com reported that Manganiello tweeted about the incident during breaks in the Sept. 25 performance: "Dear person taking pictures during our show tonight ... The ushers are going to be looking for you and you will be thrown out ... you are insanely distracting to all of the actors onstage and incredibly rude. If you read this, please leave and don't come back."
A statement to Playbill.com from the production said: "Photos were taken repeatedly from the audience during the first act of last night's performance of 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' and again in the second act even after an announcement was made to the audience during intermission. Joe Manganiello appropriately addressed the matter from the stage on behalf of the company when the camera's clicking noise continued during the play's third act, then proceeded with the remainder of the performance."
Manganiello later tweeted, "I'm happy to take pics outside after the show and @yalerep posted some fantastic shots of the play that they took. Please be respectful."
Manganiello, who got his stage training at Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, is a Beinecke Fellow at Yale School of Drama this fall. He previously was in "A Streetcar Named Desire" for West Virginia Public Theatre and appeared in Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings" with William H. Macy in a HERO Theatre benefit reading in Santa Monica, Calif. The buff actor's first book, a fitness guide titled "Joe Manganiello's Evolution: The Cutting-Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You've Always Wanted," will be published by Simon & Schuster in December.
"Streetcar" is at Yale Rep through Oct. 13 The cast include Rene Augesen as Blanche DuBois and Adam O'Byrne as Mitch. More at info at yalerep.org or 1-203-432-1234.
"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm will undergo throat surgery next week to remove a large polyp on his vocal chord, he said on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" He also said it's not as bad as it sounds, reported E! Online.
"I've got a polyp on my vocal cord. It sounds worse than it is, although it doesn't sound as bad as how the National Enquirer reported it, which was that I was coughing up blood and probably have cancer," Hamm, 42, said. "I was like, 'That's good to put that out there. Thanks guys.' Because you know, I cough up blood -- never."
Turning the spotlight to the host of the show, Kimmel has been playing up his Twitter feud with Kanye West rather than trying to defuse it. After he spoofed a BBC interview with the rapper -- in the Kimmel verison, kids re-enacted the bit word for word, according to USA Today -- Kimmel became the target of a expletive-filled Twitter tirade by West.
"I don't understand it. I don't know why he's angry again," Kimmel said on his show Thursday. "The bit was pretty, I thought, innocuous, but finally I'm in a rap feud."
Kimmel said he got a call in which West said, " 'Your life is going to be much better if you apologize.' Then he started tweeting today, and I don't know if I've even seen some of them because they're happening while we speak."
The talk-show host got into the Twitter duel, writing: "If it's not too much trouble @kanyewest, would you mind using @jimmykimmel ? Thanks." He followed up on the rapper's posting of insulting memes by tweeting, "I swear, @kanyewest one more of these I WILL unfollow you #warning #Goshdarnit."