Virtual Virtuosity from B Street

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All the world wide web is a stage, at least for Sacramento’s renowned B Street Theatre and its deep bench of talented and adaptable actors during the playhouse-darkening, no-sign-of-it-ending COVID-19 pandemic.

For months, the Buck Busfield-run comedy-and-drama troupe has presented a variety of performances online, all for free. At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, the thespian generosity continues with the launch of a new social justice series.

First up is a play by longtime local playwright and performer Anthony D’Juan,  “This Is How It Happened.” Its plot is described thus: “Officer James ‘Jay’ Shultz killed an unarmed Black man and the city is in an outrage. In the immediate aftermath his job and his friendships are in peril. And when we meet the spin doctor assigned to him, the truth is also in peril.”

Danielle Moné Truitt, Peter Story, Larry Bates and Kevin Neighbors star. B Street advises that the production is suitable for ages 15 and older.

“This Is How It Happened” kicks off the “Re-Imagine” series, which continues at 7 p.m. each summer Tuesday through Sept. 1. You can register for the series, presented on Zoom and classified as a webinar, at the B Street Theatre’s website.

B Street’s playbill of other free, pandemic-era presentations is nothing short of astounding. For example, at the same time (7 p.m.) on Wednesdays is “B Social,” an evening of entertainment hosted by B Street veteran actor and director Dave Pierini; on Thursdays is “Dealer’s Choice,” during which two actors “perform, well, whatever they choose”; and on Fridays is “Six Feet Apart,” a musical performance. Learn more, and register to be in the e-audience, at the website.

Some happy day in the future, B Street’s regulars will again entertain live audiences at midtown’s The Sofia theater complex. Until then, these online offerings are worthy of a standing ovation.

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