Below are five “theater openings”* today, a diverse selection, including a new romantic musical comedy to an inventive take on an old Caryl Churchill play, as well as an entire annual festival of the arts gone online.
Another half dozen works of theater I recommend that opened recently and you can still see (as of this writing), all free except where indicated:
“COVID and Incarceration” (Viral Monologues, especially the plays by Lynn Nottage, Shakira Senghor and Lemon Anderson)
“Love, Loss and What I Wore” (92y), $10
Selected Shorts (Symphony Space)
“The Sentinels,” a new 9/11 play by Matthew Lopez (MCC),
“What Do We Need To Talk About?” (Public Theater)
For more listings check out my Calendar of May 2020 Theater Openings.
and my overview of ongoing series and platforms, Where To Get Your Theater Fix Online
The Sound of Music Live
The Shows Must Go On!
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s channel is resurrecting the 2013 live broadcast of The Sound of Music, the first and most popular NBC live musical (My “recap” from 2013) But at the last minute, the Shows Must Go posted a notice that it would not be available in the U.S.
Lower East Side Festival of the Arts
Theatre for the New City
The longtime annual street festival goes online, with more than
100 performing arts organizations, independent artists, poets, puppeteers and film makers, through May 24.
Acting for a Cause
Will Roland, Taylor Trensch and Ruby Rose are among the cast in this latest live, one-time-only production by Chicago-based producer-director Brando Crawford. 5 p.m.
Theatre for a New Audience
Caryl Churchill’s 1990 play, inspired by the Romanian Revolution of the previous year, used students both to help her put it together and to perform it. Thirty years later, Bard College students were planning to stage a revival.After the shutdown, director Ashley Tata has reconciled the production, blending live performance on Zoom (with actors from Bard each performing from remote locations across the country) with recorded video. Free but advanced reservations required. 7 p.m. tonight, also May 24 at 5pm and May 27 at 3pm.
Boy meets girl on a block in the East Village,in this romantic musical comedy, which ran Off-Broadway in 2017 with much the same cast.. This is free opening night, (7 p.m. start) and then $4.99 to rent $19.99 to buy.
In Jonathan Spector’s new play, Carina has just enrolled her son at Eureka Day School in Berkeley, CA when a mumps outbreak hits the school, forcing parents to choose between their own personal beliefs and what might be best for the community. The one-time only live reading begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 (or more if you can afford.) The reading will benefit Colt Coeur theater company and No Kid Hungry
*I put “theater openings” in quotation marks as a sign of respect for those theatergoers who don’t consider a show to be “opening” if there is only one performance, and for those who don’t consider anything online to be theater. But in our third month in lockdown, this is our new normal right now, and, whether or not everybody adjusts to it, those quotation marks will sooner or later disappear.