The Hollywood Reporter -- Shia LaBeouf didn't so much quit the show Orphans, it seems, but simply moved from stage to audience.

The New York Times reports that the young actor, who quit what would have been his Broadway debut last month over "creative" differences with director Daniel Sullivan and star Alec Baldwin, was sitting in the front row for the first preview performance on Tuesday. He was said to be effusive in his applause, at one point slamming the stage with his hand, and left right after the curtain call.

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A spokesperson for the play told The Times that LaBeouf had bought a ticket himself, and did not inform them of his intent to attend the show.

After he announced his departure from the play -- he was replaced by Ben Foster, who now shares the marquee with Baldwin and Tom Sturridge -- LaBeouf tweeted photos of email exchanges with both Sullivan and Baldwin. In one email, Baldwin wrote to him, "I've been through this before. It's been a while. And perhaps some of the particulars are different. But it comes down to the fact that what we all do now is critical. Perhaps especially for you. When the change comes, how do we handle it, whether it be good or bad? What do we learn? I don't have an unkind word to say about you. You have my word."

LaBeouf responded, "same. ... good luck on the play. you'll be great."

The play, a revival of Kyle Lessler's 1983 production, focuses on two orphaned brothers living off the proceeds of petty theft in a run-down North Philadelphia row house.

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