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Man Vomits From Balcony as Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon Perform Broadway's 'Grace'

The actors never broke character, but Rudd later told the crowd, "As an actor, being able to move people to tears or to laughter is amazing -- but moving them to puking is a whole different league."
Paul Rudd and Kate Arrington in "Grace"
Joan Marcus

Next time you're in a theatre and a cell phone goes off, remember... it could be worse.

Such was the case Wednesday night when an audience member vomited over the mezzanine and on to people sitting in the orchestra section during a Broadway performance of Grace, starring Paul Rudd, Ed AsnerMichael Shannon and Kate Arrington.

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According to Gothamist, an elderly man became sick during the evening's performance, leaned over the edge of the balcony and hurled during the middle of the show, causing a ruckus in the audience and noticeably affecting the actors on stage.

New York Magazine's Daily Intel also had a tipster in the audience, who noted, "The stench of the vomit was a little overwhelming, and many people were noticeably uncomfortable, and of course everyone who was vomited on left."

The tipster also said that the actors all kept their composure on stage and finished the show without stopping. It was only after curtain call that Rudd addressed the situation to the audience.

"At the end of the show, they all made jokes about it, Paul Rudd saying how as an actor, being able to move people to tears or to laughter is amazing -- but moving them to puking is a whole different league," writes the Daily Intel tipster. "Then after the show, at the stage door, the actors said how they almost stopped the show because they didn't know the severity of the situation."

Audience members called 911, but the vomiting suspect returned to his seat, presumably to make sure he caught the end of the play.

Grace, written by Craig Wright and directed by Dexter Bullard, is currently running at the Cort Theatre through January 6, 2013.

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