Ac­tor de­mands pay­ment from late ar­rivals

SundayXtra - - EN­TER­TAIN­MENT -

YOU show up late to Mandy Patinkin’s show, you’d bet­ter bring your cheque­book.

The New York Post re­ports the other night in New York, the vet­eran Broad­way, TV and movie star was do­ing a solo show, a ben­e­fit for a Yid­dish the­atre group. Thirty min­utes into the per­for­mance, two late ar­rivals strolled in and took their seats.

Patinkin stopped, stared down at them and de­manded, “Why are you late? You were send­ing an email? To who?”

The guy tried to an­swer: fi­nan­cial ad­viser, client cri­sis, ur­gent, yada yada. Patinkin, not im­pressed, an­swered, “This hurts me in my soul. You know what would make me feel bet­ter? If you do­nated US$25,000 right now.”

The guy de­clined, but some­body else in the au­di­ence of­fered US$5,000. Patinkin said he’d match it, and the per­for­mance re­sumed.

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