The Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse's production of Alice Rostetter's The Widow's Veil set the scene even before artistic director Alex Roe delivered his introductory remarks. A montage of images from around the East Village crept across the screen, showing brick apartment buildings crammed shoulder to shoulder before arriving at the façade of the actual Metropolitan Playhouse on East Fourth Street. In this time of quarantine, the effect is nostalgia for the bustle of the area and the sense of history one gets walking its tight streets. In the context of Rostetter's 1919 one-act about two women in a crammed tenement, this prelude is apropos. Following these images, Roe's comments emphasized notions of neighborhood history and community. Roe offered a remembrance for Miguel Algarín, the co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Café, and mentioned a local church congregation that had recently suffered a destructive fire. These observations may be extratextual, but the Playhouse's...

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