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Providence theater experiments with 'tweet seats'

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- You don't have to turn your smartphone off at the Providence Performing... More

  • 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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