Theater Talk: Adam Yellen of Jewish Rep talks theater in the time of COVID. It ain't ALL bad.

Mar 26, 2021

With one play, BEAU JEST, about to wrap up its virtual access on March 31 and another, EXQUISITE POTENTIAL, to be available through the JRT on YouTube from April 8-28, Adam Yellen is acting, he's directing, he's reaching out to talk with other JCCs, he's providing interviews with playwrights, and even when we're all back in the theaters, he sees how some lessons learned in response to the pandemic will be very usefull in years to come.

Adam Yellen of Jewish Repertory Theatre (JRT) part of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Getzville, discusses theater in the time of Covid.
Credit Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Written by James Sherman and directed by Steve Vaughan, BEAU JEST, starring Patrick Cameron, Arin Lee Dandes, Darleen Pickering Hummert, Steve Jakiel, Nick Stevens, and Adam Yellen runs through Wednesday, March 31st on YouTube.

As the Jewish Repertory Theatre website describes it: "What's a nice Jewish girl to do when her parents expect her to marry a nice Jewish doctor even though she’s already in love with another man? Hiring an actor to play her imaginary beau in front of the family seemed like a good idea until the charade is a little too successful and the 'hired' boyfriend begins to capture her heart."

Tickets are available at the website.

And an interview with the playwright James Sherman is also available, either here or through the JRT website.

Then, next month, EXQUISITE POTENTIAL, by Stephen Kaplan runs from April 8 to April 28, 2021.

As the JRT website describes the play: "All parents think their children are brilliant. Alan Zuckerman just happens to think his 3-year-old son, David, is the Messiah. Thirty years ago, Alan and his wife, Laura, visited their rabbi to verify David’s possible divine nature. Thirty years later, everyone older and wiser, it appears that dad might have been onto something."

GOT "ZOOM FATIGUE?" Part of the problem is watching everything on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer, when your living room is probably comfortably set up for television viewing. But how to watch on your TV? There are a variety of options. Some people use their smart TV to access YouTube directly, although the search function can be clunky. Others 'cast from their phones or other devices to their TVs.  Some buy an inexpensive HDMI cable to directly connect their laptop to the TV.

Here are some videos which outlines your options:

How to watch Youtube on a TV - Which?

How to Link YouTube to TV