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Man jumps on Broadway stage to charge iPhone

Technically Incorrect: Just before the play "Hand To God" starts, a man decides he's in desperate need of charging his iPhone. But the sockets on stage are fake.

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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

This likely sums up the reaction of those on stage to the attempted phone-charging incident. BroawayBox.com/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Never tell yourself you've seen it all.

I can confirm you haven't even seen the half of it.

Please imagine, for example, should you have been at the Thursday performance of "Hand To God" on Broadway. The play, running at New York's Booth Theatre, is a dark comedy about a shy student in Texas who gets involved with a Christian puppet ministry.

The words of theatergoer Chris York speak well for the events, as he did on Facebook: "At 'Hand to God' tonight, I saw an audience member climb onto the stage right before the show and plug his cell phone into a (fake) electrical outlet on the set. ON. THE. SET."

In "Hand To God," an iPhone does appear, as does a charger. The charger is, of course, fake. Why would you bother to build in a real charger? Plays are, well, made-up things.

However, this one theatergoer thought it real. He plugged his iPhone in just before the play started.

As York continued on Facebook: "The crew had to stop the preshow music, remove the cellphone, and make an announcement as to why you can't do that. Truly. I am a quiet and reserved person and I took great joy in loudly heckling the idiot when he returned to take his phone back. Moron. Has theatre etiquette -- heck, Common Sense -- really fallen that far??"

Actually, yes it has. Our technology has fed our self-centeredness to such a degree that we are largely unconscious to the world around us, other than wondering how it can feed our egos.

Playbill received confirmation from a representative for the production that the incident really did take place. I have contacted the Booth Theatre and York himself to ask for further comment and will update, should I hear.

"Hand To God" cast member Sarah Stiles also confirmed the charging fool when she tweeted: "A guy jumped on the stage and plugged his phone into the fake outlet on our set just before we started. @HandtoGodBway #fullmoon or #idiot?"

I can blame the moon for many things, but not this. I wonder if the man worked on Wall Street.