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Top 5 Stage Performances to Stream This Weekend June 16-18

By: Raven Snook
Date: Jun 15, 2023
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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 carefully curated list spotlights the five best options to stream this weekend, Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18, for free or at low cost.

PBS Great Performances at the Met: Medea

Airing on TV on PBS Thirteen on Friday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET for FREE. Not available to stream.
PBS presents the premiere of the Met Opera's 2022 mounting of Cherubini's rarely performed Medea. Recorded live on stage at the famed venue last fall, the production stars Sondra Radvanovsky as the vengeful title character, Matthew Polenzani as her husband and Janai Brugger as Medea's romantic rival. David McVicar directs. Can't watch on Friday? See when it's airing on other PBS channels.

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The Green Room 42: Drew Droege and Mitch Silpa: We've Never Felt Younger

Live-streaming Sunday, June 18 at 7 p.m. ET for $21.50

Outrageous (and outrageously funny) sketch comedians Mitch Silpa (Bridesmaids, David Blaine parody videos) and Drew Droege (Bright Colors And Bold Patterns, Happy Birthday Doug) skewer queer culture in We've Never Felt Younger. Cackle at classics like the Two Old Queens Who've Just a Minute to Catch Up, Gay Dates from Hell and '50s Housewives on the Brink as well as fresh vignettes. Live-streaming directly from The Green Room 42 in Midtown. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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Shotgun Players: Yerma

Streaming until Sunday, June 25 for $20
Berkeley, California's Shotgun Players is currently presenting an in-person production of Yerma, but you can watch a recording online. Melinda Lopez's adaptation of Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca's poetic classic about a woman's desperate desire for a child resets the tale in a 1930s Mexican American community in Southern California, as the title character's obsession drives her to the edge.

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FRIGID New York: Queerly Festival

Various shows live-streaming at different times all weekend at a sliding scale
Put on your lavender-colored glasses for FRIGID New York's ninth annual Queerly Festival, a grab bag of solos, stand-up, improv and drag. A broad spectrum of queer culture is examined in this diverse celebration of all things LGBTQIA2S+, including shows about Anna May Wong, America's first Black drag queen and a clown's gender journey. Can't make it in person? Most performances are also being live-streamed and tickets are pay-what-you-can. Browse the calendar to see which performances pique your interest.

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American Songbook at NJPAC: Christine Ebersole and Seth Rudetsky

Streaming on All Arts for FREE
A gem from the vaults: two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole (42nd Street, Grey Gardens) in concert in 2016 at NJPAC, accompanied by her longtime collaborator and friend, Seth Rudetsky. Ebersole shares her love of Broadway, backstage stories and iconic songs including "Lullaby of Broadway," "Simple Joys of Maidenhood" and "Send in the Clowns."

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Top image: Caleb Cabrera and Regina Morones in Shotgun Players' production of Yerma, which streams until Sunday, June 25. Photo by Ben Krantz.

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