Broadway was busy last week, with the Thursday opening of “Cyrano de Bergerac” followed by the Saturday opening of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” After the opening of the Roundabout Theater Company’s “Cyrano,” the creative team led by two Brits, helmer Jamie Lloyd and actor Douglas Hodge, admitted that American auds are, true to type, quite a bit more responsive than U.K. theatergoers.
For proof, Hodge cited the moment in the show when he plunges into the audience and sniffs a hapless audience member with his big prosthetic schnoz.
A U.K. theatergoer, Hodge contended, would shrink from the attention. Not so here. “They always sniff me back!” he marveled.
The aud was similarly effusive for “Virginia Woolf” at the Booth, but author Edward Albee won the biggest applause when he came out on stage for the curtain call.
But even before that, the crowd has shown their appreciation when Albee’s voice opened the show with a recorded request to turn off cell phones. Cheers ensued. When was the last time one of those pre-show admonitions got applause?