(Christine Hauser’s article appeared in The New York Times, 9/25; via Pam Green.)

The use of cellphones, the rustling of candy wrappers, and audible murmuring are some of the worst transgressions audience members can make during live theater performances in New York City.

But when a child disrupted a matinee performance of “The King and I” at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Wednesday, the woman accompanying the child found an unlikely ally.

One of the understudies in the production, Kelvin Moon Loh, said that the youth, whom he described as autistic, caused a disruption during a particularly intense whipping scene during the performance.


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