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Studio Theatre actors stay focused despite unusual audience distraction

Margo White and Ryan Artzberger in "Reasons to Be Pretty" by Neil LaBute at Studio Theatre. (Carol Pratt for Studio Theatre)

These days, every actor worth his Equity card knows how to pretend to ignore a pesky cellphone ringing in the audience, but how many can maintain their composure amid the threat of imminent projectile vomit?

On Thursday night, actors Ryan Artzberger and Margot White were midway through the first scene of Neil LaBute's "Reasons to Be Pretty," at Studio Theatre, when an audience member abruptly stood up from her seat and stepped onto the stage with them.

"I'm going to throw up," she announced.

Co-star Thom Miller, standing in the wing preparing for his entrance, stepped out to help a manager whisk the woman into the bathroom, but managed to return just in time for his cue . . . while Artzberger and White never missed a line. Live theater, ladies and gentlemen! "No matter what, the show goes on," said Studio rep Liane Jacobs. The woman and her husband were safely escorted to a cab. The incident is thought to have been alcohol-related.

By The Reliable Source  |  May 10, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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