Photo: Emaz/VIEW press/Corbis via Getty Images When the theater stopped, it stopped all at once. Live art is all the things the virus loves: close quarters, significant duration, people singing and trumpets going full blast. Broadway closed on March 12, 2020, and by the end of that weekend, every venue in the city was dark. Reopening, on the other hand, will be a wild hodgepodge. The lights will go on at different times theater by theater, even — in some multi-stage venues — room by room. Governor Cuomo announced last month that regardless of health metrics, live indoor performance will be allowed to return to “flexible” venues at 33 percent capacity starting today, April 2. What, exactly, will that look like? The embattled governor’s announcement about April 2 will not actually mean most theaters will start producing on that date. To be clear, there will be shows to see: You could go to the first performance of Blindness at the Daryl Roth (there are no performers, just a sterilized headset with the voice of Juliet Stevenson) or the one-man show What the Fuck Just Happened? by Mike Daisey at the tiny Kraine Theater, at which the producers ask that the entire audience be vaccinated. But Broadway won’t be back until the fall — Diana the Musical announced its return on December 1, one of the first Broadway shows to offer a concrete date — and the thick band of non-profit venues that make up most of the city’s serious theatrical output are taking their time as well. In March, just after the announcement, I visited a recent Zoom with several managing directors from New York’s non-profit theater sector and most sounded doubtful about audiences actually being in their theaters anytime this spring … or even this summer. Tory Bailey, the executive director of the service organization Theater Development Fund (TDF), has been working with the market-research firm WolfBrown, and she has shared the group’s findings with the theaters on the call. … [Read more...] about What Happens to New York Theater on April 2?