Guthrie Theater to offer ‘Tweet Seats’

For years at the Guthrie Theater, just before the show began, a voice has asked audiences to please turn off their cell-phones.

Are those days coming to an end?

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The cast of The Servant of Two Masters

Photo by Richard Termine

Today the Guthrie announced that a dedicated section of the audience will actually be encouraged to ‘tweet’ during performances of the Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters.

These “tweet seats” as they’re called, will be available for four consecutive Thursday evening performances, beginning December 27. They’re located on the balcony level of the McGuire proscenium stage, so as not to be disruptive to other theater-goers.

“If there were ever a Guthrie show to host Tweet Seats, it’s The Servant of Two Masters,” said Guthrie External Relations Director Trish Santini in a Guthrie release. “This cast is an incredible ensemble of comedians, and night after night they’re riffing and improvising–it’s the kind of show that makes you ask, ‘Did they just say that?’ Usually they did–and tweeting should be a great way to talk about it.”

“Tweeting” is already encouraged in some other venues, including MPR’s own “Wits” series at the Fitzgerald Theater.

So what do you think? Is this a good idea? Do you like the idea of being able to text while you’re in the theater watching a stage production? Or would you prefer your concerts to be free of smart phones and other digital devices?