This theater game was in deadly earnest. In a midtown Manhattan rehearsal room, Blythe Adamson laid out five color-coded index cards for the cast and backstage crew of "Pass Over," which starts Broadway performances Wednesday. A green card said "PCR Negative," indicating a negative coronavirus test. An amber card said "Exposed!"; a red one, "PCR Positive," and so on.
Drawing the cards from paper bags, the production team gamed out all of the possible covid scenarios with Adamson, a highly regarded infectious-disease epidemiologist and economist. She has been retained by the play’s producers to instruct the company and train stage managers as covid safety officers — in service of putting on a show seven times a week in the midst of a mutating pandemic.