“Don’t Tweet Me, Bro”

Brian Polak writes about live tweeting during theater performances on the Boston Court blog:

The point of live theatre is to experience theatre LIVE. Every single person involved in the creation of a production works tirelessly to take an audience from moment to moment from lights up to curtain call. To intentionally take your attention away from what is going on in front of you and give that attention to Twitter instead is disrespectful to the playwright, actors, designers and directors.

The comments start to dissect all the various permutations of this issue. Is okay to tweet during designated previews? During designated productions from the back row? “If your life has been threatened and only live-tweeting will save you”?