In an effort to spur interest in the local performing arts scene, which has been anemic at best, and to cut ticket escalating costs, an advocacy group known as the Virtual Theatergoers Union (VIRTU) announced exciting plans for the 2014-2015 season. Starting this fall, you can “see” your favorite play or musical without actually attending a performance.
That’s right, merely go online and check out the theater’s website, read the media or aggregators’ reviews, or watch the news (WETA Around Town) and you’ll not only be good to go, you’ll have already gone to the show! Serious fans are encouraged to pick up a copy of the play from the library (remember those?). You’ll know more than most judges and critics who have actually attended the plays. A tour of the trailers will assist you in visualizing the show “on its feet” . . . And fill in the dots.
– DramaUrge broke this story today. Thanks to John Glass for permission to excerpt this breaking news. –
No need to pay the exorbitant ticket prices, not to mention the high cost of transportation, and wedge yourselves into uncomfortable and sight-blocked seats for 90 plus intermission-less minutes. You’ll amaze your friends and colleagues with your vast knowledge of what’s going on, or has passed through the area, theater wise. So much so that you can post comments online or write letters to the editor. A Turing Test for Theater – If you can convince a third party you’ve seen the show, who’s to say you haven’t?