On B’way yesterday to see “A Delicate Balance”. When Glen Close made her entrance in the second act she had a tissue and was daubing at her nose. After a few lines she stopped, turned to the audience and said that she had a nose bleed and rather than pretending that it wasn’t happening she would just step out and deal with it. She then exited the stage leaving the other three actors standing there looking a little awkward. After a moment or two John Lithgow turned to the audience and said “So, should we all sing Christmas carols?” After a big laugh and a little applause he suggested that they bring the house lights up and we all “take five” and thats what we did.
Part of the magic of live theatre is that you can never know for certain whats going to happen.