Fontane's work was adapted for the German theatre company and performed as the first live staging of a play on the social networking site. The play used status updates, photo uploads and wall postings from characters throughout the performance.
"We had a large group of people watching and they joined in as we thought they would. They were really attentive but also well-behaved and were quiet when we asked them to be," a spokeswoman for the theatre told Reuters.
Audience members were allowed "admittance to the stage" prior to the 8 PM digital curtain and were able to participate via the social medium. Any ill-timed posts were met with replies stating, "Silence in the theatre, please."
The Facebook premiere was arranged to precede a traditionally staged production, which will begin performances Jan. 14 at the Maxim Gorki Theater. The play follows Effi Briest, who, at 17-years-old, marries Baron von Innstetten, an older man who, years ago, courted her mother.
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