Society Notebook: Telling Room embraces virtual version of variety show

It’s been a year of “the best we can do.” Concerts on laptops. Auctions on phones. Awards presented over Zoom.

But as The Telling Room tried reimagine its popular Show & Tell literary variety show, originally scheduled for April at the State Theatre, as something that wouldn’t be less-than, director and filmmaker Sean Mewshaw saw potential.

“I realized that we could make it cinematic and surprising,” said Mewshaw, who moved to Maine to direct the Starz film “Tumbledown” in 2015. “As a filmmaker and stage director, this is a kind of a dream come true for me.”

The 80-minute, ticketed fundraiser, pre-recorded at the State Theatre, will go live on Vimeo at 8 p.m. Friday but will be available to view anytime later. Headliners include New York Times best-selling author Kelly Corrigan, singer-songwriter Lady Lamb and Portland author Phuc Tran of “Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir about Great Books,

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