Providence theater experiments with 'tweet seats'

Providence theater experiments with 'tweet seats'

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Providence theater experiments with 'tweet seats'

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 7:00 AM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- You don't have to turn your smartphone off at the Providence Performing Arts Center -- at least not if you're sitting in the "tweet seats." 

The theater is now setting aside a small number of seats for those who promise to live-tweet the performance. Twitter users might offer impressions of the set, music or costumes, or lines from the show that resonate with them. 

At a recent staging of the musical "Million Dollar Baby," even a few cast members were tweeting from backstage. 

A growing number of theaters, including some on Broadway, have been experimenting in recent years with tweet seats and other real-time uses of social media. Some insist theaters should remain free of smartphones, but others say theaters can't afford not to engage the digital generation.
 

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