Actor demands payment from late arrivals
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.