Intermission: Virtual Theater Creates Opportunities for New Art Forms

BY Nina Godfrey and Roma Torre

We all miss going to the theater, but there are distinct pleasures to be had experiencing theater in the comfort of your home. Besides being able to pour a glass of wine or beer at your leisure and not have to plunk down a king’s ransom for a night out with all the attendant costs, I’m starting to think we have a new, and to an extent equally satisfying, way to enjoy the performing arts, at least for now. Of course it doesn’t replace the up-close-and-personal of the live stage, but in some ways, platforms like Zoom are giving us a closer and perhaps even more personal connection to the performance.

I recently saw two Zoom events - a play reading of “Sundogs” and “Reconnected: A Virtual Experience with Mentalist Jason Suran.” “Sundogs” is a compellingly powerful work by Howard Emanuel, featuring Armie Hammer, Jenn Gambatese, Jordan Bridges, Maurice Jones and Tobias Segal, with direction by Heather Arnson.

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Intermission: The Latest in NYC Theater News and Events While the Curtains Remain Closed

BY Nina Godfrey and Roma Torre

NY1 is proud to present “Intermission," a brand-new resource for theater fans deprived these very long months of the thrill that only the live stage can offer.

As NY1’s theater critic, it will be my pleasure to host this weekly column, which I hope will help to fill in the gaping hole that the pandemic has caused in our theater-going lives. I’ll be joined by Nina Godfrey who was bitten by the theater bug very early in her young life. She’ll help to provide lots of fun facts and memories as we wait out this unbearably long intermission. But first, let me introduce myself and hopefully make you smile…

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ABOUT ROMA

NY1 is proud to present “Intermission,” a brand new resource for theater fans deprived during the pandemic of the thrill that only the live stage can offer.

The weekly column will be written by NY1 theater critic and “Live at Noon” anchor Roma Torre, who has seen and reviewed more than 3,000 productions.

Roma's career as a critic started 33 years ago while reporting at News 12 Long Island. In 1993, after moving to NY1, she continued to review shows both on Broadway and off.

The column will share experiences, report on developments, introduce readers to some of Roma's favorite people, and suggest ways to get your virtual fix of the theatre while the curtains are down.