When the lights go out…

Get your minds out of the gutter, this is literally about a power outage.

Last Friday night Stephen and I went to the late showing of “White House Down”. We’d already seen “Olympus Has Fallen”, and this new one sounded much the same. It was, at least to the point where there’s a frenzied limo chase around the front lawn of the White House, while the President crouches in the back of the limo frantically assembling a small missile launcher…. That’s the point at which there was a sudden POP, the screen went blank and the emergency house lighting came on. After a few surprised gasps, the murmur of “power outage” rippled around the room.

Now, Stephen is a bit of a comic. So it was no surprise to me when he turned his head towards the rest of the audience, and in his best, big-boy, military commander voice announced, “Ladies and Gentlemen, may I have your attention please!”

As one, every other member of the audience turned to look at him. He looked back at me and with laughter in his voice said, loud and clear for everyone to hear, “I’ve always wanted to do that!”

Every single person in the room burst out laughing.

What made it even more hilarious occurred a matter of seconds later, when a pimply faced youngster employed by the theatre stepped inside and in his squeaky, cracking, trying-to-change voice squawked, “Ladies and Gentlemen, may I have your attention please!”

Once again, every single person in the room burst into literal gales of laughter, leaving this poor kid completely baffled. As we settled down, he tried again, this time getting to the line where he requested us to stay in our seats, “remain calm, and do not panic.” We all laughed at that one too. Do we look like we’re panicking? We’re the ones howling with laughter here! And immediately following his request to remain seated, half the audience got up and trotted off to the bathrooms….

We never did get to see the end, as it was a widespread power outage which took some time to be repaired, however the theatre gave us free passes. Which we used the next night to see “The Heat” instead. So if anyone would be so kind as to tell me in full detail exactly what happens in “White House Down” after the President assembles his missile launcher, I would be most grateful.

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