Theaters must resist vulgar Twitter trend

The view from the new ‘‘tweet seats’’ at Cincinnati’s Music Hall.


The view from the new ‘‘tweet seats’’ at Cincinnati’s Music Hall.

IT WAS with genuine despair that I read “Local theaters ready to bow to tweeters in the audience’’ (Page A1, Dec. 28). As a theater artist and frequent theatergoer, I am horrified at the idea of encouraging rude behavior. It’s bad enough to endure munching, crunching, and slurping in theaters as some people seem unable to go 90 minutes without bellying up to the trough. To be subjected to the visual and audio noise of tweeting seems even more unnecessary.

The obsessive behavior of the few cannot be accommodated without sacrificing the experience of the many who come to the theater without the compulsive need to communicate, ad nauseam, with people who aren’t there.


In any case, the lack of permission to tweet is not the reason certain demographics aren’t attending theater and classical music offerings. The economy and lack of jobs have a great deal to do with why people aren’t spending their disposable income on tickets. And there is the issue of relevance: not only to young people, but to audiences of color, women, differently abled people, and a whole array of folks whose experiences aren’t reflected or represented in the dead white guy canon. Offering seats in a bad behavior section isn’t going to sell tickets; offering good, relevant theater will. There are no shortcuts.

I hope theater and music venues ignore the wrongheaded advice of marketing people and resist caving in to this vulgar trend.

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