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Providence theater experiments with 'tweet seats'

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A downtown Providence Rhode Island theater is now setting aside a small number of seats -- in the back -- for those who promise to live-tweet from the performance using a special hash tag.

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Sarah Bertness slipped into her seat at a recent staging of the musical "Million Dollar Quartet" and, when the lights dimmed, started doing something that's long been taboo inside theaters: typing away at her iPhone. The 26-year-old freelance writer from Providence wasn't being rude. She had a spot in the "tweet seat" section at the Providence Performing Arts Center. The downtown theater is now setting aside a small number of seats -- in the back -- for those who promise to live-tweet from the performance using a special hash tag.
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