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Infectious street theater show delves into the COVID crisis

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | You don’t have to have any hesitancy about Theater for the New City’s new Street Theater production about the COVID crisis. It’s a booster shot of topical entertainment that you don’t want to miss.

The COVID virus, portrayed by T. Scott Lilly, invades a nursing home. (Photo by Jonathan Slaff)

The rip-roaring original musical — book, lyrics and direction by Crystal Field — tells the story of a young woman studying to be a nurse who, in order to pay for tuition and books, takes a job in a nursing home during the COVID health crisis.

Michael-David Gordon plays the physician/narrator. (Photo by Jonathan Slaff)

Free performances are currently touring parks, playgrounds and closed-off streets throughout the five boroughs — from Coney Island to Staten Island to Central Park — through Sept. 12.

Residents of a nursing home fall ill with COVID. (Photo by Jonathan Slaff)

You can catch “Critical Care, or Rehearsals for a Nurse” in Washington Square Park on Sat., Aug. 21, at 2 p.m.; outside Theater for the New City, at E. 10th St. and First Ave., on Sat., Sept. 4, at 2 p.m.; and at Tompkins Square Park, at Seventh St. and Avenue A, on Sun., Sept. 12, at 2 p.m.

T. Scott Lilly as the COVID virus is joined by Emily Pezzella as the virus variant. (Photo by Jonathan Slaff)
A young boy, Justin Castillo, is courted by a gang members Alexander Bartenieff, left, and T. Scott Lilly. (Photo by Jonathan Slaff)
A background artwork illustrates the nurse’s studies. (Photo by Jonathan Slaff)
An insurance company representative, Alexander Bartenieff, explains to a nurse, Cheryl Gadsden, why a patient is not covered. (Photo by Jonathan Slaff)
Ben Harburg — grandson of Yip Harburg, the “Over the Rainbow”/”Wizard of Oz” lyricist, who grew up on the Lower East Side — holds a dedication sign at the start of the show. (Photo by Jonathan Slaff)

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