Have you streamed a theater production lately? Have you watched a live streamed production? Like many theatergoers, I’ve been checking out various streamed productions from area theaters. Some of the early ones were pretty rough around the edges, but in a very short time, these productions became more sophisticated and far more polished. I have to say that a recent live-streamed production was so good that I had to admit the experience was terrific. I was sitting in my favorite comfortable chair with a cup of tea by my side and watching actors perform live. How convenient is this? Then I thought, theaters are getting so good at this that patrons might continue to opt for this stay at home plan long after COVID-19 is gone. That thought stopped me in my tracks. “Why do we still need live theatre?” I mean think about the savings theaters would have if they didn’t need a building filled with seats and a stage. They could create anything in their home basements or anywhere. The money they could save on overhead would be amazing.
However, I immediately answered my own question: “We need live theater because there’s nothing else like it in the world.” This is where creativity reigns, where all the arts come together. It made me think of all the reasons why real theater complete with directors, stage crews, designers, actors and audiences must continue.