After a Midsummer Shiver, Provincetown Proceeds With Care
August 11, 2021 • New York Times
I went to interview the comedian Judy Gold on the back porch of her longtime second home here, where she has spent much of the pandemic. I hadn’t even sat down when she started venting about “the [expletive] spike.”
“It makes me so angry,” she said, noting that in the off-season, the Covid numbers in this public-health-conscious town had been minuscule. The vaccination rate, meanwhile, is off the charts.
“And then the summer comes and you’re partying like it’s 1980,” she said. “I mean, we should know better. Our community already went through a plague. People have compromised immune systems here.”
That, though, is another thing it’s safe to guess that the population of Provincetown has in common with people who attend and work in theater: A significant number are older or are living with H.I.V. Caution is required.
Two nights later, 15 minutes before showtime, Gold glided up on her bike in front of the Art House, where she is glad to have four walls around her again after performing outside at the Crown last summer. Still, she did grouse about the audience’s masks; she likes to be able to see people respond to her jokes.
But those four walls did their job, acoustically. Even through the masks, she could hear the laughter of her crowd. And we could hear one another.