According to AP reports, the author-originator noticed a man videotaping the performance during her curtain call and asked for the tape. When the unidentified man refused to relinquish the illegal copy of the stagework, the audience began to shout at the offender, chanting "Give back the tape!"
Police were called to the scene at the afternoon performance and the man handed over the bootleg tape without incident. The man claimed to not have been aware of the written notice warning that videotaping was illegal or hear a similar announcement as he arrived late. Playhouse officials did not press charges.
The Playhouse run of Dirty Blonde by Claudia Shear starred the original Broadway star with her original castmate Bob Stillman. The work, which celebrates the legendary Mae West and her most devoted fans also featured Tom Riis Farrell in the role created by Kevin Chamberlin.
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