20+ Stage Performances to Watch Online This Weekend June 24-26
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, June 23, 2022  •  
Thu Jun 23, 2022  •  
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While in-person theatre is back in NYC, there are still wonderful shows to stream at home. Below are performances you can watch online this weekend, Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26, for free or at low cost.

Friday, June 24

The Green Room 42: Donna Vivino: Confessions of a Broadway Baby
On Friday at 7 p.m. ET, lauded cabaret club The Green Room 42 is now streaming many of its in-person performances to at-home audiences. Tonight, catch Donna Vivino, who originated the role of Young Cosette on Broadway in Les Misérables, and went on to appear in Hairspray, Wicked and other musical blockbusters. In this intimate set, she belts out songs from her career and shares backstage tales. Tickets are $19. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

Fake Friends: Circle Jerk
On Friday at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. ET, the virtual premiere of Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley's Circle Jerk was a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize. Now the playwright-performers are mounting an in-person production of their critically acclaimed, high-tech and high-camp satire at the Connelly Theater that will also be streamed to at-home audiences. A cavalcade of pop and Internet culture references fly in this romp about two white gay Internet trolls plotting to take back what isn't theirs by creating total chaos via cancellations, meme schemes, and political and erotic machinations. The cast of three plays nine kooky roles in this live-streamed descent into online hell. Tickets start at $10. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

Saturday, June 25

Fake Friends: Circle Jerk
On Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. ET, the virtual premiere of Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley's Circle Jerk was a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize. Now the playwright-performers are mounting an in-person production of their critically acclaimed, high-tech and high-camp satire at the Connelly Theater that will also be streamed to at-home audiences. A cavalcade of pop and Internet culture references fly in this romp about two white gay Internet trolls plotting to take back what isn't theirs by creating total chaos via cancellations, meme schemes, and political and erotic machinations. The cast of three plays nine kooky roles in this live-streamed descent into online hell. Tickets start at $10. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

Sunday, June 26

Theater of War Productions: The Nurse Antigone
On Sunday at 6 p.m. ET, Theater of War Productions, a company that uses classical texts to address contemporary issues, presents The Nurse Antigone, excerpts from Sophocles' tragedy that help illuminate what nurses have gone through during the pandemic. The performance features professional actors Tracie Thoms, Kathryn Erbe, Jason Isaacs and Keith David alongside real-life nurses and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. Afterward, director-adapter Bryan Doerries will facilitate an open discussion about the cost of silencing and marginalizing caregivers, especially during times of crisis. Register to receive the free viewing link.

Live from Feinstein's/54 Below: Sondheim Unplugged
On Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, even though Feinstein's/54 Below has reopened for in-person performances, the swanky cabaret club continues to stream select shows live from its stage. Tonight, enjoy the latest installment of Sondheim Unplugged, cabaret impresario Phil Geoffrey Bond's stripped-down concert series celebrating the late songwriting legend. Talented vocalists will croon Sondheim tunes accompanied solely by piano alongside special guests Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd's original Johanna), Mark Lambert (A Little Night Music's original Henrik) and Ramona Mallory (Anne in the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music). Tickets are $25. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

The Green Room 42: Carla R. Stewart: Revelation
On Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET, lauded cabaret club The Green Room 42 is now streaming many of its in-person performances to at-home audiences. Tonight, catch Tina and The Color Purple alum Carla R. Stewart in a life-affirming cabaret about how she's navigated the ups and downs of being a performer. Tickets are $19. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

Live from Feinstein's/54 Below: 54 Sings Sad Girl Songs
On Sunday at 9:45 p.m. ET, even though Feinstein's/54 Below has reopened for in-person performances, the swanky cabaret club continues to stream select shows live from its stage. Tonight, bring tissues and sympathy as Broadway vets such as Samantha Pauly, Morgan Dudley and Joy Woods belt out sad girl songs by Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Lorde. Tickets are $15. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

All Weekend

American Songbook at NJPAC: Melissa Errico
NJ PBS kicks off the fifth season of its American Songbook at NJPAC concert series with Tony nominee Melissa Errico. Known for her crystalline soprano and nuanced interpretations of songs by Stephen Sondheim and Michel Legrand, Errico has also starred in classic shows such as My Fair Lady, Finian's Rainbow and Do I Hear A Waltz? This hour-long performance features songs from her career as well as personal favorites, and was recorded live onstage earlier this year at the NJ Performing Arts Center. Musical theatre maven Ted Chapin hosts. Watch for free on WNET's website.

Mint Theater Company: Conflict
Off Broadway's esteemed Mint Theater Company, which has been unearthing forgotten plays since 1992, presents a recording of Miles Malleson's Conflict, a love triangle set in the roaring '20s, with one woman torn between two candidates for Parliament. Jenn Thompson helmed this 2018 production featuring Jeremy Beck, Henry Clarke, Graeme Malcolm, James Prendergast, Jessie Shelton, Jasmin Walker and Amelia White. Watch for free until Sunday, July 10 on the Mint's website by clicking the video and entering your email address, no password required. Closed captions are available.

TheatreSquared: Miss You Like Hell
Arkansas' TheatreSquared is currently presenting an in-person production of Miss You Like Hell, but you can also watch a recording at home. Seen Off Broadway in 2018, this powerful musical by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown follows an undocumented Latina mother who reconnects with her estranged teenage daughter for a cross-country road trip that will determine their future. Chance encounters with eclectic characters along the way bring them closer to understanding what sets them apart, and what bonds them forever. A timely musical meditation on family. Tickets start at $25 and the recording is viewable until Sunday, July 17.

Gingold Theatrical Group: Mrs. Warren's Profession
Last chance! Last fall, master George Bernard Shaw interpreter David Staller directed a revival of the playwright's provocative 1893 comedy Mrs. Warren's Profession Off Broadway, and now you can watch a recording online. Controversial in its time, the show was banned in London for a decade and ran just one night on Broadway in 1905, resulting in obscenity charges! In an era when women had no legal rights and few job prospects, Mrs. Warren (Tony winner Karen Ziemba) has made a fortune and some powerful friends running an international string of high-class brothels. But she's kept her profession hidden from her daughter, Vivie, who's just graduated from university. When the truth is revealed, it rocks both their worlds and their relationships. Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli costars as Mrs. Warren's lecherous business partner. Tickets are $27 and the recording is viewable until Sunday.

Disney+: Trevor the Musical
This musicalization of Celeste Lecesne's Oscar-winning short of the same name ran Off Broadway last fall, and now you can watch a recording on Disney+. The moving story of a theatrical 13-year-old boy grappling with his sexual orientation in 1981, Trevor the Musical is written by Dan Collins and Julianne Wick Davis, who previously adapted another landmark LGBTQ movie for the stage: Southern Comfort. Talented 13-year-old newcomer Holden William Hagelberger from Sugarland, Texas stars as the title character, a Diana Ross-obsessed middle schooler who goes through some really tough times before learning how to love himself. Disney+ subscribers can watch for free.

FRIGID New York: Queerly Festival
Put on your lavender-colored glasses for FRIGID New York's eighth annual Queerly Festival, a grab bag of solo shows, stand-up, improv, drag, even a ditty called Big Gay Love Story, the Musical. A broad spectrum of queer artists, including Last Comic Standing finalist Michele Balan and a Sylvia Rivera bio-play, are part of this diverse celebration of all things LGBTQIA2S+. Can't make it in person? Most performances are also being live-streamed and tickets are pay-what-you-wish. Browse the calendar to see which performances pique your interest.

New Federal Theatre: Gong Lum's Legacy
Last chance! Earlier this year, one of the oldest and most acclaimed Black theatre companies in NYC, New Federal Theatre, presented an in-person production of Charles L. White's Gong Lum's Legacy, and now you can watch a recording online. Helmed by New Federal's artistic director Elizabeth Van Dyke, who took over from founder Woodie King Jr. last year, the play uses a real-life court case, Gong Lum v. Rice, as the backdrop for an interracial romance between Joe Ting, a Chinese immigrant and Lucy Simms, a Black school teacher in the Jim Crow South. In the Mississippi Delta in 1924 with Asians seemingly poised to attain the same rights as whites, Joe's small-minded father works to undermine the couple's relationship. A compelling little-known history lesson. Tickets are $10 and the recording is viewable until Sunday.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Love Stories
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents the finale of Love Stories, Judith Jamison's vibrant 2004 collaboration with hip-hop pioneer Rennie Harris and Robert Battle, who took over from her as the troupe's artistic director in 2011. Set to Stevie Wonder songs, this performance was recorded live on stage last year at Ailey's opening night gala. Watch for free until Sunday, July 3 on Ailey's YouTube channel though donations are encouraged.

Jane Anger
Last chance! Talk about coming full circle: Talene Monahon's comedy Jane Anger was a digital hit during the shutdown, and then received a live staging in NYC last fall. Now you can watch a recording of that in-person production. It's 1606 and William Shakespeare is stuck in quarantine with his unpaid assistant Francis and a killer case of writer's block. Then inspiration comes knocking... actually, she climbs through the window in the form of Jane Anger, the Cunning Woman, who's determined to make history. Stage and screen star Michael Urie portrays the Bard, Ryan Spahn is Francis, playwright Monahon is Shakespeare's wife Anne Hathaway and Amelia Workman is the smart lady of the title who changes their lives. Jess Chayes directs. Tickets start at $15.50 and the recording is viewable until Sunday.

The Orchard
On Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. ET, there are two ways to experience The Orchard, theatre director Igor Golyak's mind-blowing riff on Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. In-person audiences at the Baryshnikov Arts Center will see Mikhail Baryshnikov and Tony nominee Jessica Hecht in this classic tale of a Russian family contemplating the demise of their estate and way of life. Streaming audiences experience the play in a totally different way, with Baryshnikov portraying Chekhov, who takes you on a virtual tour of the theatre where each space holds a different memory. Oh, and did I mention the 12-foot robotic arm that's programmed to cater to the characters? If this all sounds confounding, I encourage you to read the feature in The New York Times, which gives a nice backstory on Golyak and his Massachusetts-based Arlekin Players Theatre, who have been creating exciting virtual works via their Zero Gravity (zero-G) lab throughout the pandemic. Golyak is a Russian theatre trained Ukrainian immigrant, so his take on this Chekhov classic is personal, political and heartbreaking. Tickets for the streaming experience are $29. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

PBS: True Colors: LGBTQ+ Our Stories, Our Songs
Celebrate Pride Month with a colorful concert and LGBTQ+ history lesson featuring Broadway stars André De Shields and Peppermint performing alongside the Indigo Girls, Glee's Chris Colfer and other out-and-proud artists. Two-time Tony winner Cynthia Nixon also appears. Watch for free until Saturday, July 2 on PBS' website. Captions are available.

The New Victory Theater: Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About a Terrible Monster
The New Victory Theater is currently presenting an in-person production of Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About a Terrible Monster but you can also stream a recording at home. Officially, this hour-long romp inspired by Mo Willems' popular picture book of the same name is aimed at theatregoers ages 4 to 7. But fans of the endlessly inventive multimedia collective Manual Cinema won't want to miss this eye-popping piece of theatre for young audiences, even if they fall outside the target demo. Using surprisingly expressive paper puppets, projections and live music, the troupe conjures the tale of a monster who's terrified he's not scary enough. So, he sets out to find the most sensitive kid in the world. But will he end up frightening him or befriending him? Tickets are $15 and the recording is viewable until Thursday, June 30. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

PBS: American Masters: Joe Papp in Five Acts
American Masters profiles the inimitable Joseph Papp, founder of The Public Theater and Free Shakespeare in the Park. A champion of bringing the performing arts to everyone who produced groundbreaking shows such as Hair, A Chorus Line and for colored girls..., Papp was a cultural change agent for half a century. This 90-minute documentary features rare footage of the man as well as interviews with James Earl Jones, Kevin Kline, Larry Kramer, Mandy Patinkin, Martin Sheen, Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken and George C. Wolfe. Watch for free until Saturday, July 2 on PBS' website. Captions are available.

Roe v. Wade 2.0
Last month, Margaret Vandenburg presented a reading of her "theatrical rallying cry" Roe v. Wade 2.0, and you can watch a recording through June. A satire about women's reproductive rights (or lack thereof), the play dramatizes the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization oral arguments from December 2021 that was used to overturn Roe v. Wade. Carrie Preston (True Blood), Joel de la Fuente (The Man in the High Castle) and Florencia Lozano (One Life to Live) lead the cast. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish and the recording is viewable until Friday, July 1.

Broadway on Demand: Allegiance
Broadway on Demand presents Allegiance, a landmark musical about an American family forced by the US government into a Japanese internment camp during World War II. The show is loosely based on the life of Star Trek's George Takei, who stars alongside Katie Rose Clarke, Telly Leung and Tony winner Lea Salonga. A 48-hour rental costs $12 and the recording is viewable until Tuesday, July 5 at 10:30 p.m. ET.

All Arts: King Lear Starring James Earl Jones
Here's a gem from the vaults: All Arts is streaming a 1974 mounting of King Lear headlined by James Earl Jones! Filmed live on stage at the Delacorte Theater for the New York Shakespeare Festival (now known as Shakespeare in the Park), the production also features Raul Julia, Rosalind Cash and Paul Sorvino. A great way to get psyched for the upcoming Shakespeare in the Park season! Watch for free on All Arts' website.

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

Top image: Trevor the Musical, which begins streaming on Disney+ this weekend. Photo courtesy of Disney.




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