I saw 37 shows this year, out of 70-some. As convenient and easy as it is to watch shows from home, home also contains a lot of distractions (dishes, my phone, cats, the Twins game, the Lost episodes I'm re-watching, my comfortable bed), distractions that we are forced to turn off when we enter the theater. It's harder to do so at home. Plus, going from watching maybe 1 streaming theater show a week for the last 5 months, to 37 in 11 days, was a bit jarring. Still, I enjoyed most of what I saw. And here are my favorites. For this list I excluded anything recorded in pre-pandemic times. Not that I didn't love some of that, but I wanted to highlight artists making use of this new format of theater-making. Here they are, in alphabetical order.
- A Mermaid in Every Sea by Mermaid Productions - simple but engaging storytelling by Ariel Leaf
- Break the Dice: The Improvised Campaign by The Bearded Company - my favorite live improv show
- Climbing My Family Tree by Les Kurkendaal Barrett - another great storyteller
- Cooking Heather's All-Out Nonsense Baking Time! by Heather Meyer - silly fun with treats, live!
- Good Grief (and other ways to process loss) by Melancholics Anonymous - a charming play about kids and grief done in the zoom format
- i'm not playing by WHO'S LOUIS? - perhaps the most creative use of the virtual format, in which the viewer can choose the perspective from which to watch the play
- Lauren and Nissa Present: Fun Times by Special When Lit - virtual sketch comedy at its best
- Paul & Erika's HOUSE SHOW by Theatre Mobile - a silly and surprisingly poignant show about artists adapting to this virtual performance thing
- Super Patriots! by Unreliable Narrator Theater Group - a clever use of props in a relevant political satire
- The Bathtub Play by The Feral Theatre Company - an endearing one-woman play in which she's stuck in the bathtub for the entirety
- Waiting for Hugs by Highlander Kitty - I love a zoom play that acknowledges it's on zoom, in this case actors waiting to perform a zoom play for kids
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