Read about NYC's best theatre and dance productions and watch video interviews with innovative artists
With in-person theatre out of commission for the foreseeable future, many companies and performers from Broadway and beyond are showcasing their work online. Below are performances you can watch this Tuesday, February 16 and Wednesday, February 17, from the comfort of your couch for free or at low cost.
Theatre Exile: Sin Eaters
On Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET, Philadelphia's Theatre Exile presents Sin Eaters, a new play by the always provocative Anna Moench about a social media content moderator who comes across a graphic video that upends her life. Matt Pfeiffer directs Bi Jean Ngo and David M Raine in this adults-only conversation starter. Tickets are $15.
Irish Repertory Theatre: A Touch of the Poet
On Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET, this winter, the venerable Irish Rep is presenting encore streams of its entire digital season. Tonight, catch Eugene O'Neill's compelling immigrant drama A Touch of the Poet, featuring Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli as Con, an Irish-American inn owner near Boston in 1828, clinging to a gentlemanly past that never was. Ciarán O'Reilly directs a cast that includes Ciaran Byrne, Kate Forbes and Mary McCann. Tickets are free but required to receive the viewing link; donations are encouraged.
The Metropolitan Opera: Falstaff
On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, the Metropolitan Opera presents Franco Zeffirelli's classic 1992 staging of Verdi's Falstaff. Paul Plishka is the lascivious and louche title character, who's outwitted by the clever ladies around him, played by Marilyn Horne, Mirella Freni and Susan Graham. Watch for free for 23 hours after the start time on the Metropolitan Opera's website. You can still stream yesterday's opera, La Bohème, until 6:30 p.m. ET today.
Stars in the House: Black Theatre United's Behind the Scenes
On Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, stage manager Carin Ford and sound designer Lisa Dawn Cave from Black Theatre United guest host Stars in the House, shining a light on what the organization is doing to help champion Black artists backstage. Guests include stage manager Theron Alexander, sound engineer Anthony Jones, hair designer Mia Neal and company manager Kendra Moore. Watch for free on YouTube though donations are encouraged.
Primary Stages: The Night Watcher
On Wednesday at noon ET, Primary Stages presents an encore stream of Charlayne Woodard's autobiographical solo show The Night Watcher, about how she's served as a maternal figure to many beloved folks in her life. A Tony nominee for Ain't Misbehavin' and a star of TV's Pose, Woodard originally performed this show at Primary Stages in 2009 and then reimagined it as a virtual theatre piece last year. It's a wise and empathetic exploration of what it means to mother. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish and the recording is viewable until Sunday, February 28.
TDF: Moulin Rouge Stars in Conversation
On Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET, TDF presents a spirited conversation with Aaron Tveit, Sahr Ngaujah and Ricky Rojas from Broadway's Moulin Rouge!. The actors play the romantic musical's bohemian BFFs: smitten writer Christian, visionary painter Toulouse-Lautrec and smoldering dancer Santiago. Their onstage camaraderie is palpable, and they have incredible chemistry off-stage as well. Watch for free on TDF's Facebook page.
Irish Repertory Theatre: Belfast Blues
On Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET, this winter, the venerable Irish Rep is presenting encore streams of its entire digital season. Today, catch Belfast Blues, Geraldine Hughes' touching autobiographical solo show about growing up in Ireland during The Troubles in the '80s and how acting offered her a way out. After touring with this very personal play for more than a decade, Hughes, whose Broadway credits include Jerusalem and Harry Potter, did a final engagement at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast in 2019. This video comes from that run. Tickets are free but required to receive the viewing link; donations are encouraged.
The Metropolitan Opera: Così fan tutte
On Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET, ever since the shutdown began, the Metropolitan Opera has been sharing productions from its Live in HD series nightly at 7:30 p.m. ET. But it also presents weekly student streams that debut on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. ET. These productions have been specially selected for families and are complemented by online educational materials. This week's offering is Phelim McDermott's eye-popping 2018 mounting of Così fan tutte, which sets Mozart's tantalizing comedy of romance and infidelity on Coney Island in the '50s. Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka star as the young couples, with Tony winner Kelli O’Hara in a supporting role. Watch for free until Friday at 5 p.m. ET on the Metropolitan Opera's website.
The Metropolitan Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci
On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, the Metropolitan Opera presents two classic one-act works: Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana about a tragic love triangle, and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci about the leader of a vaudeville troupe. Franco Zeffirelli staged this 1978 double bill, with legendary tenor Plácido Domingo singing both leading roles. Tatiana Troyanos, Jean Kraft, Vern Shinall, Teresa Stratas, Sherrill Milnes and Allan Monk costar. Watch for free for 23 hours after the start time on the Metropolitan Opera's website. You can still stream yesterday's opera, Falstaff, until 6:30 p.m. ET today.
Irish Repertory Theatre: YES! Reflections of Molly Bloom
On Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET, this winter, the venerable Irish Rep is presenting encore streams of its entire digital season. Tonight, catch YES! Reflections of Molly Bloom, Aedín Moloney's solo adaptation of the "Penelope episode" from James Joyce's Ulysses. This monologue play was a hit at the theatre in 2019 and offers intimate insights into one woman's desires and dreams, with brief musical interludes composed by Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains. Tickets are free but required to receive the viewing link; donations are encouraged.
Stars in the House: Melissa Manchester
On Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET, Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley celebrate Melissa Manchester's birthday with surprise guests. Watch for free on YouTube though donations to The Actors Fund are encouraged.
Play-PerView: Revenge Porn
On Saturday, Play-PerView presented a live reading of Revenge Porn and you can watch a recording until Wednesday. Carla Ching's unsettling drama centers on a woman considering whether to go after the ex who released an intimate video of her. Bernardo Cubría directs Tina Haung, Amy Hill, Kahyun Kim, Christopher Larkin, Ken Leung and Roland Ruiz. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish but a $20 donation is suggested. Proceeds go to NYC's Ma-Yi Theater Company.
The Studios of Key West: Smithtown
In our overwhelmingly remote world, it's easy for communication to be misinterpreted. That's what happens in Smithtown, a decade-old play by Drew Larimore that's taken on new resonance during the pandemic. Structured as a series of monologues, the drama explores how a text message about a tragedy kicks off an intense chain reaction that upends lives in a small college town. The impressive cast consists of Broadway regulars Michael Urie, Ann Harada, Colby Lewis and Constance Shulman, and Stephen Kitsakos directs. Tickets are $20 and the recording is viewable until Saturday, March 13.
ACT of Connecticut: Stephen Schwartz's Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook
ACT of Connecticut presents Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook, a chamber musical featuring songs by Stephen Schwartz, the genius behind Wicked, Pippin, Godspell and multiple Disney movie musicals. His iconic hits are integrated into a fresh story about an estranged couple looking back on the decades they shared. The theatre's artistic director, Daniel C. Levine, helms this intimate digital production. Tickets are $20 but if you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase them at a discount. The recording is viewable until Sunday, February 28.
Andrea Marcovicci: A Kern Valentine
In honor of Valentine's Day, cabaret legend Andrea Marcovicci performs a half-hour concert of romantic songs by acclaimed composer Jerome Kern, whose oeuvre includes "A Fine Romance," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "The Way You Look Tonight." Watch for free until Saturday on YouTube though donations to The Actors Fund are encouraged.
Broadway's Best Shows: Piaf… Her Story… Her Songs
Broadway's Best Shows presents Piaf... Her Story... Her Songs, Raquel Bitton's tribute to French chanteuse Edith Piaf. In between numbers performed in French, Bitton shares the inimitable singer's dramatic life story as she chats with Piaf's friends, lovers and collaborators. Watch for free until Thursday on Broadway's Best Shows' YouTube channel though donations to The Actors Fund are encouraged.
Romeo & Juliet 2021
On Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ET, fall in love with a brand-new digital mounting of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet. A stage-cinema hybrid filmed last year, the production stars Olivier Award winner Sam Tutty and Emily Redpath as the ill-fated lovers, and theatre legend Derek Jacobi as the narrator. Tickets are £20, approximately $28.
Adjust the Procedure
The pandemic has impacted every industry, but higher education has been permanently transformed. In Jake Shore's written-for-Zoom play, a Manhattan university struggles to survive the crises of the past year, including the virus, calls for racial justice, and immigration and mental health challenges. Ed Altman, Adam Files, Meagan Moses and Nicholas Miles star and the playwright himself directs. Tickets are $10 and the recording is viewable until Sunday, March 7.
Top image: Kelli O'Hara in Così fan tutte, which is being streamed by the Metropolitan Opera on Wednesday. Photo by Marty Sohl/The Metropolitan Opera.