It is August and Cabaret really should be wrapping its summer season operate at the Guthrie. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra really should be practicing for September performances of Beethoven’s 7th at the Ordway. First Ave’s Mainroom really should be welcoming significant acts like Ty Segall.
All of individuals exhibits, of class, are cancelled or on maintain. In real-existence 2020, only routine maintenance and protection crews and a handful of executives wander the eerily tranquil halls and auditoriums at Twin Towns phases from the Ordway to the Jungle, a solitary ghost gentle remaining flickering on each and every stage to sign that, sometime, there will be a future functionality.
These months of closed doorways, thanks to COVID-19, have wrought economical devastation and raised queries about long term viability. Most nonprofit theaters operate on skinny margins in the very best of occasions, and theaters and new music venues took fast economical