Has anything positive happened to the performing arts since the plague engulfed us nearly ten months ago?
I’m a pretty moody person and might give you a different answer at different times. Last week, I would have grimly shaken my head and said, “No—the news is all bad.” In particular, the second postponement of Sonya Yoncheva’s Met Stars in Concert recital reminded me how precarious this series has proven to be. The Metropolitan Opera, which dazzled us with possibilities in their marathon At-Home Gala in April, now seems on far less secure ground.
But then came Thanksgiving. More to the point, this week, two of Philadelphia’s most resilient theater companies have boldly entered the virtual world with streaming adaptations of recent plays. In both cases, these are highly acclaimed new works that were well on their way to bigger fame when stages went dark; this is now your chance to see them regardless of where you live. The adaptations are handled very differently, but equally skillfully—and it’s fascinating to consider the various approaches, as well as the works themselves…
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