Treat Yourself

Treat Yourself: Catch a virtual performance by Syracuse Stage

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I’ll admit, I’ve been struggling to find new ways to treat myself at home during the pandemic. I’ve always been a theater fan, so this month, I decided to check out a virtual performance by Syracuse Stage.

In September, Syracuse Stage announced that it would be moving its 2020/21 season online. Tickets cost $30, and are available on its website, syracusestage.org. Joseph Whelan, the director of marketing and communications for Syracuse Stage, said you need only two things to enjoy a performance: a device to watch it on (I used my laptop) and a valid email address. Keep in mind, once you open the link, you will only have access to the video for 48 hours – but you can watch it multiple times.

I grabbed a mug of gingerbread hot chocolate, flipped through the virtual program (sent via email, along with a recipe for a signature cocktail) and settled in for a performance of Home for the Holidays. The talented cast quickly drew me into the story, and the 84 minutes passed by quickly. I was sad when it ended.

Don’t worry if you haven’t had a chance to catch a performance. Syracuse Stage has four more scheduled for 2021: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (January/February), Yoga Play (March), Our Town (April/May) and the world premiere of salt/city/blues (June).

“We’ve been doing theater in Syracuse for 47 years, so we’re very committed to our audience,” said Whelan.  “Even in these difficult times, we’re trying to make sure that we’re upholding our end of the bargain, which is to deliver theater in some way shape or form…We’re pleased with the response that we’re getting and we’ve been pleased with the quality of the productions.”

I know I enjoyed the experience.

Have an idea for a future Treat Yourself column? Email courtneyk@familytimescny.com.

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