Forget about wondering if the groundhog predicts winter or spring; wonder about surviving "Stagefright" instead! New York City's New Victory Theatre will debut their new website, http://www.newvictory.org, Feb. 2, introducing the 'net to not only their space and schedule, but video games, surveys, horoscopes and links.
Among the practical information available on newvictory.org are show descriptions, schedules, show articles and reviews, special events listings, RealAudio and Video clips, online ticketing and a 3-D virtual tour of the New Victory Theatre.
Less utilitarian, but perhaps more fun are polls, monthly questionaires, ghost stories and Haiku Horoscopes. And then there's "Stagefright." Created especially for the New Victory by Digitalthread Design and Polemic Productions, "Stagefright" is a web-based action adventure game where free-falling objects try desperately to end a player's stage career. Armed only with a bag of rotten tomatoes and quick reflexes, players can peg sandbags and the like before they stop the actor.
The New Victory serves as the 42nd Street host house for national and international productions, mostly geared towards New York City youth. The 1999-2000 season features the Philadelphia Dance Company, Shockheaded Peter, Tomas Kubinek, Suzanne Farrell and the masters of 20th Century ballet, Flying Fruit Circus, Tir Na n'Og, The Flaming Idiots, The Red Balloon, Trinity Irish Dance Company, Frogs, Lizards, Orbs and Slinkys, Do Jump! and Runt.
-- By Christine Ehren