Stagestruck: Curtain Up on Stage 3

Stagestruck: Curtain Up on Stage 3

While most theaters in our area remain closed, others are looking past Zoom for ways to offer in-person performances. Last week, as I was thinking about this tipping point between lockdown and relaunch, I got an unexpected invitation.

Stagestruck: In the Zoom Room, Part 2

Stagestruck: In the Zoom Room, Part 2

Until the theaters open up again, a lot of hope, and  a lot of creativity, reside in the Zoom Room. This week we can tune in to a play written for and about that now-ubiquitous cyber-stage, and an original video production that harks back to an era when live theater was still the predominant entertainment medium.

Stagestruck: In the Zoom Room, part 1

Stagestruck: In the Zoom Room, part 1

Phase Two of Massachusetts’ staged reopening started this week, lifting some restrictions on public activities such as dining, swimming and hairdressing (really??) but not on live performance. That no-no doesn’t lift till Phase Four, which won’t come along till late July at the earliest. Meanwhile, there’s Zoom.

Stagestruck: Summer Stages – The prospects for live performance

Stagestruck: Summer Stages – The prospects for live performance

The images flashing behind the glass wall of your TV or computer just can’t replace the permeable fourth wall of live performance. As summer approaches, theater folks are longing for the proverbial smell of the actors’ greasepaint and the roar of the in-person crowd. And some theaters are delivering.

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Stagestruck: Curtain Up on Stage 3

Stagestruck: Curtain Up on Stage 3

While most theaters in our area remain closed, others are looking past Zoom for ways to offer in-person performances. Last week, as I was thinking about this tipping point between lockdown and relaunch, I got an unexpected invitation.