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Top 5 Stage Performances to Stream This Weekend April 12-14

By: Raven Snook
Date: Apr 10, 2024


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Even though in-person theatre and dance are back in full swing, in the name of accessibility we're continuing to round up performances to watch online from the comfort of home. Our curated list spotlights the five best options to stream this weekend, Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14, for free or at low cost.

La MaMa: Medea

Live-streaming Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. ET starting at $10.
You've never seen Medea like this. A high-tech, 21st-century reimagining of the enduring myth, this Media unfolds in three parts across three floors of La MaMa in the East Village, as a refugee loses her grip when she discovers her family is about to be deported. Using custom-built interactive technologies, an online audience impacts the audio, video and lighting elements experienced by in-person theatregoers. While in-person tickets are sold out, this ambitious theatrical experiment only works if viewers also tune in online. Directed by Zishan Ugurlu and featuring tech designed and developed by CultureHub, this production makes this ancient story feel incredibly current.


New York City Fringe

Various shows live-streaming at various times until Sunday, April 21 at a sliding scale

FRIGID New York is producing the city's first official Fringe festival in five years at various East Village venues. If you can't make it in person, many of the shows are available to live-stream at home. This weekend's online offerings include Schmaltz! (Friday, April 12 at 9:50 p.m., Saturday, April 13 at 8:10 p.m. ET), about two very different folks trying to save a failing Brooklyn kosher diner; TransMasculine Cabaret, Starring Vulva Va-Voom (Friday, April 12 at 9:20 p.m., Saturday, April 13 at 9:50 p.m. ET), a drag and vaudeville exploration of gender identity; A Little Bit Pregnant (Sunday, April 14 at 3:10 p.m. ET), a comedy about four young folks trying to grow up; A Drag Is Born (Saturday, April 13 at 8:10 p.m. ET), Edu Díaz's movement-based celebration of queer empowerment; and Sex, Drugs and Reggaeton: A Colombian Comedy Adventure (Saturday, April 13 at 10:20 p.m. ET). Be sure to browse the complete schedule to see what else is streaming!


PBS Great Performances at the Met: Florencia en el Amazonas

Airing on TV on PBS Thirteen on Sunday, April 14 at noon for FREE. Not available to stream.
Last fall, Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas became the first opera by a Latin American composer ever presented at The Met. Now you can watch a recording of that historic production on PBS. Filled with magical realism, it centers on an opera diva (soprano Ailyn Pérez) who returns to her native South America for two reasons: to perform at the celebrated Manaus opera house and to try to track down her lost lover, who disappeared into the jungle. Tony winner Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses) directs. Can't watch on Sunday? See when it's airing on other PBS channels.


Chelsea Table + Stage: Klea Blackhurst: Autumn in New York: Vernon Duke's Broadway

Live-streaming Sunday, April 14 at 7 p.m. ET for $26.50
Klea Blackhurst, a brassy belter best known for her thrilling Ethel Merman tribute, uses her powerful pipes on the songs of composer Vernon Duke, whose classic tunes include "April in Paris," "Autumn in New York" and "Taking a Chance on Love." Live-streaming directly from Chelsea Table + Stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.


National Theatre at Home: Constellations

Streaming starting Friday, April 12 for $10

In 2020, London's lauded National Theatre launched its own streaming service featuring professional stage captures of its productions. While you can buy a subscription, shows are also available to rent individually. New to the roster is the 2021 West End revival of Constellations, Nick Payne's time-bending two-hander that explores the notion of the multiverse by replaying key moments in one couple's romance. Michael Longhurst, who helmed the play on Broadway, directed this production, which was filmed on stage with four different casts, so take your pick! The pairings are Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah; Peter Capaldi and Zoë Wanamaker; Omari Douglas and Russell Tovey; and Anna Maxwell Martin and Chris O'Dowd. A 72-hour rental costs $10 and captions are available. It's just one of many fantastic National Theatre shows you can stream, so be sure to browse the entire list.


Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her on Facebook at @Raven.Snook. Follow TDF on Facebook at @TDFNYC.