July 2020 Online Theater Openings: What’s streaming day by day

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Below is the day-by-day calendar of “theater openings”* in July, 2020. The big news is the release of “Hamilton” online at Disney Plus — and (less hyped) the “Freestyle Love Supreme” documentary on Hulu — but in truth Lin-Manuel Miranda’s shows are not all that’s exciting this month in the world of online theater — a world in which “online” and “theater” have been synonymous since physical theaters were shut down in March (though there are small signs this may be changing; see July 13). And most of the other shows don’t require subscriptions.

Among the scheduled delights are acclaimed plays by Pulitzer finalist Will Arbery (July 18) and MacArthur “genius” grant winner Samuel D. Hunter (July 11), as well as a new Richard Nelson Apple Family play (July 1) and a new documentary play about frontline medical workers by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, creators of The Exonerated and Coal Country (July 8.) There a couple of inventive substitutions for the usual summer theater festivals.

Since so many shows are being put together at the last minute — sometimes not announced until the very day of their launch .. and there also have been fairly frequent last-minute postponements/cancellations/replacements — I will be updating/filling in this preview guide every day, and highlighting the offerings each new day with the link up top. This calendar as of this moment offers a glimpse of what’s in store. Come back day by day for a better look.

Here are some ongoing series that have proven to be reliable sources of art and entertainment.

Four offer live performances (often called readings) of original plays:
The Homebound Project
Livelabs: One Acts from MCC
Play-PerView
Viral Monologues from 24 Hour Plays

Play-PerView makes an exception this month to its original plays with what counts as a coup — the live reading of the Pulitzer finalist play “Heroes of the Fourth Turning” (which was supposed to debut last month but was postponed, as were a good number of productions due to the Black Lives Matter protests.)

A fifth offers live readings of classics and recent favorites: Plays in the House, Stars in the House’s twice weekly matinees  and now Plays in the House Teen Edition.

Three offer recordings of previous (glorious) stage productions.

Metropolitan Opera
National Theatre at Home
The Shows Must Go On from Andrew Lloyd Webber

For details about these and other ongoing series, check out my post Where To Get Your Theater Fix Online  (which lists, for example, the many long-running online sites such as BroadwayHD and Marquee TV that offer video-capture recordings of shows that were on stage)

All performances are free unless otherwise noted, although almost all hope for a donation (either to themselves or to a designated charity.)

*My definition of theater for the purposes of this calendar generally does not extend to variety shows, cast reunions, galas, panel discussions, documentaries, classes, interviews — all of which are in abundance this month, many worth checking out. My focus here is on creative storytelling in performance. (I make an occasional exception for a high-profile Netathon,involving many theater artists.)

A reminder that this calendar lists when the shows “open.” Some are live and available only for that one performance. Others are available for a week or weeks afterward or longer.

July 1

Die Mommie Die
Plays in the House
Launches at 2 p.m. Available for four days.
In this latest of Stars in the House’s Wednesday matinees, Charles Busch is joined by BD Wong, Willie Garson, Brandon Contreras, Jennifer Cody and Ruth Williamson in this reading of his campy 1999 melodrama Die, Mommie, Die!, a mix of Aeschylus and Bette Davis.Directed and narrated by Carl Andress.

The Book of Job Project
Theater of War
Launches at 4 p.m. live only
The latest from Bryan Doerries terrific community-oriented theater using classic texts (best-known for Antigone in Ferguson), is a dramatic reading of The Book of Job as a catalyst for discussion about injustice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring performances by Jeffrey Wright, Frankie Faison, Kimberly Hebert, David Strathairn, David Zayas, and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.

And So We Come Forth

And So We Come Forth
Apple Family Productions
Launches at 7:30 pm. Available for 8 weeks
The Apple Family, a dramatic series of plays which first appeared 10 years ago, returned last April with the premiere of a play written especially for Zoom, What Do We Need to Talk About? Now this second Zoom play, And So We Come Forth is set in early July 2020, amidst massive protests against injustice and racism in our country, as well as the anxious easing of a worldwide lockdown.

Richard II, part 1
Shakespeare@ Home

Shostakovich’s The Nose
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m., available for 23 hours
It all begins with an absurd scenario: A hapless Russian bureaucrat wakes up one morning to discover that his nose has gone missing. He eventually locates his fugitive facial feature, which has been masquerading as a human being, but has no luck reattaching it. Based on a satirical short story by Nikolai Gogol

Mary’s Mixology
The Tank
Launches at 8 p.m.
Kev Berry’s monologue about his first year on the wagon. “What does it mean for a gay man to give up liquid courage?”

Puppet Playlist #30
Sinking Ship Productions
Launches at 8 p.m.
Featuring puppetry by: Eric Wright + Katrina Denney with Emily Hope Price, Brodrick Jones, Jacob Graham, Kimi Maeda, Myra Su, and Caroline Voagen Nelson (who created a video of those lips in action). Featuring musical performances by: Saraswathi Jones, Emily Hope Price + Jocelyn Mackenzie, Guy Capecelatro III, Ellen Winter, David Wax Museum, Suitcase Junket, Jane Bruce, and Andy and Skylar Wells

Borders
Queerly Festival
Launches at 8:30 p.m. live
Boaz and George meet on Grindr. They are attracted to one another instantly and want to meet in person, but something prevents them from doing so. One lives in Israel, the other- in Lebanon. Also Friday at 3 p.m.
The festival also offers three short plays tonight starting at 7 p.m.: Before We Can Make a Final Decision, Backup Plan, and an excerpt from “I Tried” by Veronica Garza, “my one woman show that I’ve been working on about the men I slept with in my struggles to be straight”

 

July 2

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Les Blancs
National Theater
Launches 2 p.m. Available until July 9
In this final play by Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun), in a production directed by Yael Farber in 2016, a society prepares to drive out its colonial present and claim an independent future. Tshembe, returned home from England for his father’s funeral, finds himself in the eye of the storm.

The Copper Children
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Available through July 15
48 hour rental for $15
In its first foray into online theater, the popular summer festival presents a play from its canceled season by Karen Zacarias about the “trial of the century” custody case that grew out of true history of “orphan trains” that transported immigrant children (mostly Irish) to homes in the West. The full production filmed on OSF stage during its short runs earlier this year.

Antony and Cleopatra
Stratford Festival
“Pre-show” launches at 6:30 p.m. Available until July 23
A film of the 2012 production Geraint Wyn Davis and Yanna McIntosh

Hypochondriac

Hypochondriac!
Theater in Quarantine
Launches at
7 p.m.
and 9 p.m.
The first installment of a new adaptation of Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid by David McGee and Joshua William Gelb.Featuring Gelb, Jessie Shelton, and Alex Hawthorne

Uhuru
Aye Defy’s Story Space
Launches at 7 p.m.
Tickets $5 – $25
In this play by Gloria Majule, Mshale, a Mount Kilimanjaro tour guide, dreams of marrying a white woman and moving to the West. Sprite hates white people and sets out to decolonize what he deems “his mountain”. Henry and Frannie are white missionaries who claim to be Tanzanian. As the four journey up to the roof of Africa, the looming ghost of colonialism dictates who gets to reach the peak, and who gets left behind.

Lazarus
Alvin Ailey
7 p.m. available for a week
Hip-Hop pioneer Rennie Harris’s full-length ballet is an ensemble work, inspired by Alvin Ailey’s own experiences, that addresses the racial inequities America faced when Ailey founded Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958 and still faces today. It features spoken text, original music, and songs by the likes of Nina Simone and Odetta.

Bizet’s Carmen
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m., available for 23 hours
The tale of the irresistible and free-spirited Gypsy, whose fatal attraction with the jealous soldier Don José burns too hot for them to control.

July 3

Hamilton
Disney Plus
Launches 3 a.m. Available from this date on.
A live-capture of the stage production with the original Broadway cast, which was shot over three days in June 2016. A Disney Plus subscription is required. One way to look at this is that it costs $6.99 to see “Hamilton” and you get a month to watch everything else on the service (which includes titles familiar to theatergoers though not the stage versions — Frozen, The Lion King, Aladdin, The Sound of Music.)
Here is my video review of “Hamilton” in 2015:

Here is my review of Hamilton on Broadway in 2019

Celtic Tiger
The Shows Must Go On
Launches at 2 p.m. available for 48 hours
A recording of the 2005 dance extravaganza from Michael Flatley of Riverdance (and Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames) fame.

 

Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m., available for 23 hours
Mozart’s 1747 melodic version of the Don Juan myth, with two baritones starring alongside one another as the title Lothario and his faithful yet conflicted servant, Leporello, as well as three memorable female roles—multifaceted women who both suffer the Don’s abuses and plot their revenge.

Thom Pain (Based on Nothing)
Red Line Productions
Launches 9:30 p.m. live
Toby Schmitz performs live before nine cameras in Will Eno’s one-character play for this Australian company. (My review of the Off-Broadway production.)

July 4

Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m., available for 23 hours
Beverly Sills stars in her final performance as a clever young widow, who goes up against a crusty old bachelor, no match for her wiles.

A Capitol Fourth
PBS
8 – 9:30 p.m.
The annual July 4 celebration will feature new performances from locations across the country, as well as highlights from the concert’s 40-year history. Among the performers are theater artists Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Mandy Gonzalez and Renée Fleming

The Empire State Building and the Christal Building are seen during the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show from Queens, New York on July 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The Fourth of America
CNN
8 p.m. – midnight
Four hours of hoopla, featuring fireworks, and many performances, including by the Broadway casts of Girl From the North Country and Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, as well the Harlem Gospel Choir and the New York Philharmonic.

July 5

John & Jen
Short North Stage
Launches at midnight, available until July 12
Tickets: $15
The Columbus, Ohio theater will present this two-character musical from the 1990s by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald about the relationship between a brother and sister, and then between a mother and son. feature local favorite Dionysia Williams as Jen, and Hunter Minor “Rest assured this will not be an online “Zoom reading,” but rather a fully staged and designed production.”

Rossini’s La Donna del Lago
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m. available for 23 hours
The retelling of Sir Walter Scott’s shadowy epic of clan warfare in 16th-century Scotland, which is at heart a classic love triangle.

July 6

Summer Stock Streaming Festival
Mint Theater
Available through July 19
Archival recordings of three old and forgotten plays that the Mint resurrected (which is what they do; I saw two of these on stage and found them fascinating.) To get a password, e-mail: streaming@minttheater.org
“The Fatal Weakness” written in 1946 by George Kelly: Society woman Ollie Espenshade, after 28 years of marriage is still an incurable romantic (her fatal weakness). Perhaps discovering that her husband is a lying cheat will cure her?

The New Morality” written in 1911 by Harold Chapin who died at age 29 in World War I: A comedy set aboard a houseboat on a fashionable reach of the Thames in 1911, in which brazen Betty Jones restores dignity to her household and harmony to her marriage.

“Women Without Men,” written in 1938 by Hazel Ellis: An all-female cast tells this humor-laced tale set in the teacher’s lounge of a private girls boarding school in Ireland in the 1930’s, where young new teacher Jean Wade, popular with her students but at odds with her quarrelsome colleagues, is accused of sabotaging her main antagonist.

Homebound
Roundhouse Theater
The weekly webseries from this DC company premieres its finale today (all previous episodes, none longer than 15 minutes, still available)

La Boheme
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m.
Available for 23 hours
Franco Zeffirelli’s staging of Puccini’s tale of love, camaraderie, jealousy, and loss in the garrets and cafés of bohemian Paris — the most performed production in Met history.

July 7

It’s De-Lovely: The Songs of Cole Porter
Carnegie Hall
Launches at 2 p.m.
Michael Feinstein and guests salute Cole Porter in story and song.

The Edge of Night
Playwrights Horizons
In its latest podcast play on Soundstage, Kirsten Childs reimagines a favorite family story as musical theater: Mrs. Annie Brown is determined not to miss her favorite soap opera but has to grapple head-on with segregation in the 1950’s south in order to succeed in her quest.

 

Entertaining Mr. Sloane
Bedlam Theater
Launches at 6:30 live only
A virtual benefit reading of Joe Orton’s outrageous seductive comedy. It begins with a half hour of music by George Stass.

La MaMa Moves! Online
La MaMa
Launches at 7 p.m.
A peek at dances-in-progress specifically choreographed for the online medium by Kevin Augustine, Kari Hoaas, Anabella Lenzu and Tamar Rogoff.


The Woods
Aye Defy’s Kilroy Series
Launches at 8 p.m. live only
Tickets: $5 – $100
A play by Jahna Ferron-Smith, that “explores our learned relationships to the “American” landscape–who’s taught to love it? Who’s taught to fear it? Who’s allowed to claim it?”

Verdi’s Il Trovatore
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m.
Available for 23 hours
Éva Marton, Dolora Zajick, Luciano Pavarotti, and Sherrill Milnes tear into Verdi’s thrilling score

July 8

Unveiled

Unveiled
Premiere Stages at Keane
Separate live showings at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets $10
Rohina Malik plays five Muslim women navigating complex social issues in a post 9/11 world. Following the screening, Ms. Malik will host a live Q & A with all ticket holders.

Francois and the Rebels and American Morning
Theater Barn
Launches at 7 p.m.
Excerpt of two new musicals in this 45-minute livestream:The first by Jamie Cepero (remember him from Smash?) is a punk rock telling of the 1791 Haitian Revolution, the second by Timothy Huang is about two immigrant cabdrivers on different shifts of the same medallion.

The Line
Public Theater

Launches at 7:30 p.m. Available until August 4.
This new documentary play by Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen (The Exonerated, Coal Country) presents the experiences of frontline medical workers in New York and their battle to save lives in a system built to serve the bottom line. The cast includes Santino Fontana, Arjun Gupta, John Ortiz, Alison Pill ,Nicholas Pinnock , Jamey Sheridan and Lorraine Toussaint

Mozart’s Così fan tutte
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m.
Available for 23 hours

July 9

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The Deep Blue Sea
National Theatre
Launches at 2 p.m. available until July 16
In this play by Terence Rattigan, Hester Collyer (Helen McCrory) is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, which leads to the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge.

Midsummer Night’s Dream
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Available through July 22
48 hour rental for $15

Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m.
Available for 23 hours

July 10

A Series of Landscapes
Here Arts Center
Launches at 1 p.m.
$5 to $50
“A new online work of opera-theatre by thingNY set in the world of our dreams. Audiences are invited into a Zoom call where seven performers dive into the anxiety and serenity of this paradoxical moment, where yesterday’s action in the street, today’s paralyzing personal stasis, and tomorrow’s online wedding are all refracted through the bizarre filter of social and emotional distance.”

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
The Shows Must Go On
Launches at 2 p.m., available for 48 hours
Andrew Lloyd Webber brings back his musical starring Donny Osmond.

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m.
Available for 23 hours
Tatiana (Anna Netrebko), an intelligent but naïve adolescent girl who is first rejected by an older, more worldly man, then blossoms into an elegant, rich, aristocratic woman and returns the favor when the two meet again.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel
Lincoln Center
Launches at 8 p.m.
The latest of Lincoln Center’s Broadway Fridays (rescheduled from June 5) features a free digital stream of its concert production of this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical featuring the New York Philharmonic and starring Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Stephanie Blythe, Shuler Hensley, Jason Danieley,Jessie Mueller, Kate Burton, Tony winner John Cullum, and New York City Ballet dancers Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck.

Freedom Riders
Allen and Gray Musical Festival
Launches at 8 p.m. live
Tickets $12.24
An online reading of Richard Allen and Taran Gray’s musical about the interracial activists who rode buses through the South in 1961 to challenge the segregation laws.

Rites of Passage
Four Walls Theater
Launches at 8 p.m.
Available until July 24
In this play by Michelle Tyrene Johnson, a white police officer comes to a law office to seek legal help after killing an unarmed black youth. Available on this new company’s YouTube channel, but donors will receive a link to an exclusive post-show talkback with the artists.

Salt Pepper Ketchup
Aye Defy
Launches at 8 p.m.
$5 to $50
In this play by Josh Wilder, a neighborhood in South Philadelphia known for its chicken wings and fried rice is being gentrified; a new health foods co-op sparks tensions between residents.

 

Bernadette Peters: A Special Concert
A film of Bernadette Peters 2009 concert at the Minskoff Theater will be supplemented by Michael Urie talking with her about her extraordinary career.

July 11

The Few
Play-PerView
Launches at 7 p.m. Available through July 16
$5 to $50
A Zoom reading of the play written and directed by Samuel D. Hunter, featuring Gideon Glick, Michael Laurence, and Tasha Lawrence, the same three-member cast that appeared in the 2014 Rattlestick production (pictured above). Four years ago, Bryan abandoned his labor of love: a newspaper for truckers. Now he’s returned—with no word of where he’s been—and things have changed. His former lover is filled with rage, his new coworker is filled with incessant adoration, and his paper is filled with personal ads.

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m.
Available for 23 hours

July 12

Winter Break
Plays in the House Teen Edition
This play by Joe Calarco follows nineteen teenagers during winter break, some who know each other, some who don’t, as they wrestle with friendships, breakups, loss, graduation, and their place in the world.

Hershey Felder: Beethoven
Launches at 8 p.m., available for 72 hours
$55
Based on Memories of Beethoven: Out of the House of Black-Robed Spaniards, a first-hand account by Dr. Gerhard von Breuning.

Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m.
Available for 23 hours

Audra McDonald
Seth Concert Series
Launches at 8 p.m.
$25

July 13

Plays about memory loss
Food for Thought Productions
1:30 p.m. — 3:30
Louise Lasser and Bob Dishey star in this in-person event of three short plays (Arthur Miller’s “I Can’t Remember Anything,” Robert Anderson’s “I’m Herbert” and Daniel Rose’s “Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem”) held at The Coffee House Club, 22 West 44th Street, available first come, first served by calling 646-366-9340 or emailing info@foodforthoughtproductions. However, “if you’d rather watch from home, you can request the Zoom link.” staged reading of short plays about memory loss starring Tony nominee Bob Dishy and Louise Lasser

Hand Wash
Dixon Place
Launches at 6:30 p.m.
This short film by Jeff McMahon is part of the 29th annual Hot! Festival celebrating queer culture. “Frenemies share a fret-over via Zoom”

The Irish (Rep) And How We Got That Way
Irish Rep
Launches at 7 p.m.
a special screening of the 1998 Irish Rep World Premiere production of The Irish…and How They Got That Way by Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man), with new video from Irish Rep co-founders Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly, as well as McCourt’s widow and brother

Puccini’s Manon Lescaut
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 available for 23 hours

Experiment 20: Erased
La MaMa ETC
Launches at 8 p.m.
A Zoom reading of a play by Coleen MacPherson set within a claustrophobic room of a greeting card factory. Four workers create ready-made sentiments for the masses. As each worker navigates their relationship to power, in a world run by an anonymous system, we begin to learn what exists past the four walls: people are being ‘disappeared’ and a resistance of women have been lost …

Richard II, part 1
Public Theater/WNYC
8 p.m.
Saheem Ali directs this radio adaptation of Richard II, the Bard’s take on how the title monarch lost his crown. André Holland (Moonlight) stars, and the supporting cast includes Oscar winner Estelle Parsons, Tony winner Phylicia Rashad and Tony nominee John Douglas Thompson.
The production will be broadcast in four hour-long installments from Monday, July 13 through Thursday, July 16 at 8 p.m. ET nightly on WNYC. Listeners in the New York tri-state area can tune in at 93.9 FM or AM 820. It will also stream nationwide at WNYC.org. The script for Episode 1 available here

July 14

Viral Monologues
24 Hour Plays
Launches at 7 p.m. Available through July 18.
This week (Round 15), the series teams with Arizona theater artists to create 14 short works.

A Socially Acceptable Breakdown
Dixon Place
7 p.m.
As part of the 29th annual Hot! Festival celebrating queer culture, Patrick Roche presents a 45-minute solo show interweaving his poems with stories and scenes from throughout his life.

 

Verdi’s La Traviata
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 available for 23 hours

The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Launches at 8 p.m.
A screening of Ishmael Reed’s theatrical rebuttal to “Hamilton”

Richard II, part 2
Public Theater/WNYC
8 p.m.
Saheem Ali directs this radio adaptation of Richard II, the Bard’s take on how the title monarch lost his crown

Night of A Thousand Judys
8 p.m.
The eighth annual Pride concert honoring Judy Garland features Natalie Douglas, Alice Ripley, L. Morgan Lee, Ann Harada, Nathan Lee Graham, Ann Hampton Callaway, T. Oliver Reid, Billy Stritch, Spencer Day, Lena Hall, Adam Pascal, Jessica Vosk, George Salazar, Beth Malone, Bright Light Bright Light, and Eva Noblezada!

 

The Obie Awards
American Theatre Wing
Launches at 8 p.m.
The 65th Annual Obie Awards will be a virtual celebration of Off and Off-Off Broadway theater, with host Cole Escola, on the Wing’s YouTube channel. (Delayed twice, once by the pandemic, the second by the Black Lives Matter moment.) Appearances by Cynthia Erivo, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Heidi Schreck, Katrina Lenk, Dominique Morisseau, Rachel Chavkin, Liesl Tommy, Emilio Sosa, Clint Ramos, Eisa Davis, Sam Pinkleton, Rachel Hauck, Heather Hitchens, etc.

 

July 15

The Homebound Project
Launches at 7 p.m. Available through July 19
The fourth edition, on the theme of “promise,” features:
Tommy Dorfman in a work by Diana Oh, directed by Lena Dunham;
Lisa Edelstein in a work by Janine Nabers;
Adam Faison in a work by Charly Evon Simpson;
Santino Fontana in a work by Emily Zemba;
Cherry Jones in a work by Erin Courtney, directed by Jenna Worsham;
Sue Jean Kim in a work by Leslye Headland, directed by Annie Tippe;
Judith Light in a work by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by Leigh Silverman;
Jon-Michael Reese in a work by Harrison David Rivers, directed by Colette Robert;
Amber Tamblyn in a work by Halley Feiffer;
Marquise Vilson in a work by Migdalia Cruz, directed by Cándido Tirado;
Mary Wiseman in a work by Boo Killebrew, directed by Jenna Worsham

The Droll
Bard of the Gate
Launches at 7 p.m available until July 19
Meg Miroshnik’s play, which explores the dilemma facing actors in 17th century England when theater was banned, is the second offering in Paula Vogel’s play series. Vogel makes Miroshnik’s script available for download on her site.

Talk to Me, and F.L.I.P.PED
New York Theatre Barn

Excerpts from two new musicals in development. Charlie Sohne and Tim Rosser (The Boy Who Danced On Air) present “Talk To Me,” a family musical about Graham, a 12-year-old boy on the autism spectrum who makes friends with the Siri app on his mom’s iPhone. J. Oconer Navarro’s musical is about Enzo Ramos, a first generation Fil-Am who accompanies his traditional, immigrant parents and his favorite Tita “back home” to the Philippines to celebrate his Lola’s upcoming 100th birthday, when unexpected tragedy hits.

Puccini’s Turandot
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 available for 23 hours

Richard II, part 3
Public Theater/WNYC
8 p.m.
Saheem Ali directs this radio adaptation of Richard II, the Bard’s take on how the title monarch lost his crown. licia Rashad as the Duchess of Gloucester.

July 16

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Amadeus
National Theatre
Launches 2 p.m. Available until July 23
Lucian Msamati portrays the envious court composer Antonio
Salieri who is envious of the obnoxious genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
In this popular play by Peter Shaffer that was turned into an Oscar-winning film.

Bravehound
Theater of War
2 p.m. live
Dramatic reading of scenes of Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes to catalyze guided discussions about the visible and invisible wounds of war. All events by Theater of War Productions (best known for Antigone in Ferguson) follow the same format: The actors will read the play. Four community panelists will kick off the discussion with their gut responses to what resonated with them across time
The discussion is opened to the audience, facilitated by artistic director Bryan Doerries.

Good As New
MCC Theater
7 p.m.
Tickets start at $5
Julianne Moore and Kaitlyn Dever star in this benefit reading of Peter Hedges’ play about a young woman learning to drive who comes face-to-face with the mother she thinks has let her down

Berg’s Wozzeck
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 available for 23 hours

Bernadette Peters and Gloria Estefan

Broadway Barks Across America
7:30 p.m.
The 22nd annual starry pet-adoption event, this time online, with host and founder Bernadette Peters.

Richard II, part 4
Public Theater/WNYC
8 p.m.
Saheem Ali directs this radio adaptation of Richard II, the Bard’s take on how the title monarch lost his crown.

Pass The Mic
IAMA Theater
Launches at 9 p.m.
Five new plays by Black artists, inspired by the movement for racial justice and equity. Playwrights include Malika Oyetimein, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Carolyn Ratteray, Larry Powell, and Daryl Watson

 

 

July 17

“We Are Freestyle Love Supreme”
Hulu
A documentary about the improv theater company co-founded by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Model Minority
Aye Defy Kilroy Series
A play by Chloé Hung. Four sheltered Chinese-American teens want to perform an original rap song for their church’s talent show but none of them know how to DJ. When an African-American student answers their flyer, they all must confront their prejudices.

Rossini’s La Cenerentola
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 available for 23 hours


Virtual Fire Island Dance Festival

The first-ever stream in the event’s 26-year history will feature world premieres of three new pieces and three beloved festival favorites.

July 18

Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 available for 23 hours

Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Play PerView
8 to 11 p.m. Live Only
A one-time only reading of Will Arbery’s 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie-winning play, with the original Off-Broadway cast.  ( after postponing the June 13 reading in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.) My review of the play when it was at Playwrights Horizons (which is where the photograph above comes from):Conservatives don’t all think alike; some of them hate Trump; some don’t see Liberals as evil (some do.) Some are deeply weird. It is a sure sign of the political divisiveness in America that these observations may well seem like revelations to some theatergoers attending Will Arbury’s new play at Playwrights Horizons. “Heroes of the Fourth Turning” allows us to eavesdrop on what feel like astute and authentic conversations at a gathering of former classmates at a conservative Catholic college in Wyoming.”

50,000 Mice: The Selena Solomon Story
The Marsh
Launches at 10:30 p.m. ET
Jessica Litwak’s solo show in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote focuses on a Jewish suffragette trying to reach working-class women who have hitherto been mostly ignored by the U.S. movement.

July 19

Hamlet: la Telenovela
Frigid New York
Launches at 2 p.m.
Showtimes through August 1
Part of the So Many Shakespeares 2020 Festival.

The Show Must Go Online
Plays in the House Teen Edition
Launches at 2 p.m.
In this virtual children’s musical told by Amarillo Little Theater Academy in a sequence of one-minute videotaped scenes and songs, a group of passionate students desperate to keep their annual musical alive…online!

i’m ur hamlet
Frigid New York
Launches at 7 p.m.
Showtimes through August 1
Part of the So Many Shakespeares 2020 Festival.

Isolating Together
Virtual Toy Theater Festival Day 6
Launches at 7:30 p.m.
Ninety minutes of inventive paper puppetry from more than a dozen companies.

Puccini’s La Bohème
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30, available for 23 hours

July 20

Visitors in the Dark
Theater for the New City
Launches at 7 p.m., available until July 23
Charles Busch’s latest campy comedy tells the story of four women living together in a Greenwich Village tenement (cast includes Busch and usual co-conspirator Julie Halston) who suspect that space aliens may be involved in the 1965 blackout.

Tenth Annual Short Play Festival
Red Bull Theater
Launches at 7:30 p.m.
Jeremy O. Harris and Theresa Rebeck are among the eight playwrights presenting original 10-minute plays on the theme of “Private Lives” (“inspired by Noël Coward’s classic comedy”) Sample description: “Edmond has been keeping a terrible secret from his wife. In the attic.” (That’s “In The Attic” by Jessica Moss.) Featuring Ali Ahn, Frankie J. Alvarez, Kathleen Chalfant, Lilli Cooper, Edmund Donovan, William Jackson Harper, Louisa Jacobson, Peter Francis James, and Charlayne Woodard

Hailey Kilgore

Project Sing Out!
Playbill
Launches at 7 p.m.
A one-night-only livestreamed fundraiser for theater education, organized by Hailey Kilgore (Once on This Island) featuring musical performances, spoken word and special appearances from a variety of Broadway and TV’s biggest names, including Audra McDonald, Chirta Rivera, Don Cheadle, Vanessa Willams.

Quik-Mart
The New Group
Launches at 7 p.m.
Part of Facing the Rising Tide digital festival of plays, this play by Charles Gershman tells the story of Climate refugee Abdullah and his wife and son operate a bodega in New York City in the future. When a refugee from a different land tries to buy out his shop, a strange negotiation erupts as the realities of a changing planet bear down on a new kind of immigrant.

Broadbend, Arkansas
Transport Group
Available through August 16
A filmed performance of the 2019 theater piece, a pair of back-to-back monologues interspersed with songs, the first set in 1961 about Benny, a nursing home orderly who joins the Freedom Riders, the second set in 1988 with one of Benny’s daughters at a cemetery. (my review)

Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m. available for 23 hours

Colonial and My Emancipation
Pregones/PRTT
The latest works-in-progress from the Remojo 2020 festival.In “Colonial” by Joel Perez (Fun Home), a man inheriting a colonial house in Old San Juan, discovers a box of journals kept by his grandmother which uncover the truth about his family and the part they played in the failed Puerto Rican Nationalist Party revolts in the 1950’s. “My Emancipation,” written and performed by Cedric Leiba, Jr., explores LGBTQ themes.

July 21

shadow/land
The New Group
Launches at 7 p.m.
Part of Facing the Rising Tide digital festival of plays, this is the first installment of Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s epic 10-play Katrina Cycle, shadow/land is an examination of environmental racism and the erasure of Black land legacies through the distress of disaster, evacuation, displacement and urban renewal. Ruth coaxes her dementia-ridden mother, Magalee, to sell Shadowland, the family business and New Orleans’ first air-conditioned dancehall/hotel for Black people. But as Hurricane Katrina begins her ruin, Ruth is forced to wrestle with all that she’s ready to let go.

The Weir
Irish Rep
Launches at 7 p.m.
Available at specific times through Saturday
In a remote country pub in Ireland, newcomer Valerie arrives and becomes spellbound by an evening of ghostly stories told by the local bachelors who drink there.”This new production” of Conor McPherson’s play “has been filmed remotely from quarantine and designed for a digital experience” Advance registrations are required

After An Earlier Incident
Monk Parrots
Launches at 7:30 p.m. Available until July 28.
This experimental play, originally presented at LaMaMa in 2013, searches for a way to become unstuck in history by blending various Romeo & Juliet tellings (Mariotto and Gianozza, Pyramus and Thisbe, et al.) with music, choreography, text, and visual art.

Coriolanus
Bedlam
Launches at 7 p.m.
A live virtual reading of Shakespeare’s play

 

Wagner’s Tannhäuser
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m. available for 23 hours

July 22

Rae Binstock

That Heaven’s Vault Should Crack
The New Group
Launches at 7 p.m.
Part of the Facing the Rising Tide digital festival of plays, Rae Binstock’s set of short plays imagines what it would be like for people to throw our lives into upheaval, as Noah before the flood

Tenn and Americano!
New York Theatre Barn
The latest 45-minute excerpt from two musicals-in-progress: Julian Hornik presents two songs from “Tenn,” which depicts Tennessee Williams’ early years when he’s trapped in St. Louis with a family in collapse, and then his formative months living in the Old French Quarter of New Orleans. “Americano!” is based on the life of “DREAMer” Antonio Valdovinos Following his childhood dream of enlisting in the Marines on his 18th birthday, Tony is devastated to learn that he is an undocumented American immigrant.

Verdi’s Macbeth
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m. available for 23 hours

Mrs. Loman
The Tank
8 pm
This play by Barbara Cassidy is a sequel to Death of a Salesman, which begins the day that Willy Loman dies.

Intentions
She NYC Theater Festival
Allison Svagdis’s play about realizing the only way to get rid of your demons is to face them. This is the first play of She NYC’s fifth annual festival.
Check out Summer Theater Festivals Reimagined

 

July 23

Is God Is
Wilma Theater
1 p.m.
$10 +
An audio version of Aleshea Harris’s Afropunk revenge play that, in my review when it debuted in 2018 at Soho Rep, I called “an intriguing if sometimes disconcerting mix of genres and allusions and tones that marks a noteworthy Off-Broadway debut of a playwright we’ll be hearing from.” (And we have.)

Audra McDonald
Live with Carnegie Hall
2 p.m.

Songs For A New World
The Other Palace
Tickets: £12.50
2:30 pm ET
(presented also on July 24 and 25)
Jason Robert Brown’s first produced musical is presented online by this UK company with a starry cast: Rachel John, Ramin Karimloo, Cedric Neal and Rachel Tucker, “Filmed entirely in isolation”
The musical weaves together historical moments, from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge, 57 stories above Fifth Avenue, populated by a range of character, from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams, and a soulless marriage.

Mother of Exiles
The New Group
Launches at 7 p.m. Available for 3 days.
Part of the Facing the Rising Tide digital festival of plays, Jessica Huang’s play follows the Loi family’s journey through America across 200 years, from 1898 California to 2098 somewhere in the middle of the ocean.

I, My Ruination
Cape Cod Theatre Project
7 p.m.
$50
Paul Giamatti plays Elia Kazan, Nina Arianda plays his wife, Molly, and Corey Stoll is Arthur Miller in this play by Kevin Artigue about Kazan’s testimony in front of the House Unamerican Activities Committee.

 

Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m. available for 23 hours

Basement
Hot Festival
7:30 p.m.
In Kallan Dana’s play, a couple of hoarders live in a basement.

Scar Tissue
She NYC Theater Festival
8 p.m.
In this play by Victoria Fragnito, best friends Jessica and Sam each have scars from their pasts that haven’t healed. After years of denial, an impromptu lunch date and a surprise overnight guest forces them both to confront these wounds and face what they didn’t want to see head-on.

July 24

Toruk
Cirque du Soleil
Launches at 3 p.m streaming live. Available afterwards
A 60-minute excerpt of the Montreal-based acrobatic circus company’s show inspired by the James Cameron film “Avatar.” (For the cognoscenti, the scenes are: The First Flight, Dralion, and Amaluna.)

Mambo Sauce
The New Group
Launches at 7 p.m.
Part of the Facing the Rising Tide digital festival of plays, Daniella De Jesús writes about strange doings at the zoo on Cargill Island.

Verdi’s Falstaff
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m. available for 23 hours

Ole White Sugah Daddy
Aye Defy’s Kilroys Series
Launches 8 p.m., live only
A play by Obehi Janice. A young Black female coder wrestles with love, identity, and the tension between striving and thriving as she tries to get her startup off the ground. How can you fully be yourself in spaces where no one can see all the sides of y

Beginning Days of True Jubilation
New Ohio Theater
Launches 8 p.m. (Also 7/25 at 10; 7/26 at 8)
This play by Mona Mansour conceived by Society theater troupe is the inaugural entry of the newly online Ice Factory Festival. It tells the story of the early euphoria of a new start-up through to its epic crash and burn.

over easy
She NYC Theater Festival
8 p.m.
Abaigeal O’Donnell’s play follows four egg donors from recruitment to extraction, as they learn that donating eggs is not always what it’s cracked up to be.

Cinderella
Rodgers and Hammerstein
8 p.m.
The 1957 original television musical starring Julie Andrews. Here is “A Lovely Night,” with swoon-worthy Andrews, priceless evil stepsisters Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley, and stepmother Ilka Chase. I first shared this video in my J is for Julie Andrews post, part of my  Broadway Alphabet series.

She Loves Me
PBS Great Performances
9 p.m.

The 2016 Broadway revival starring Laura Benanti that everybody loved, including me.

Check out the opening number (begins at around 7:09)

July 25

The Persians
National Theatre of Greece
1 p.m. live only
A livestream of the oldest surviving Greek drama, by Aeschylus, performed live in the 2,300-year-old theater of Epidaurus. The online event begins with a tour of the theater, which is considered one of the most beautiful theaters in the world. “It is the first time that a major ancient Greek drama production is being livestreamed, and it is also the first time that any event is being livestreamed from Epidaurus.” The play, a tragedy about the aftermath of the annihilation of the Persian army by the Greeks. is performed in Greek with English captions.

Misalliance
Plays in the House
Launches at 2 p.m.
Shaw’s comedy explores a variety of mating combinations. The social and the political collide with the romantic and the practical; the aristocrats take on the middle classes and vice versa, and-to top it all off there’s a glamorous lady aviatrix and a tipsy gun-toting socialist loose on the grounds! Directed and narrated by David Staller, it will feature Marc delaCruz, Dan Domingues, Midori Francis, Peter Francis James, Teresa Avia Lim, Jamie Sanders, Thom Sesma, Ryan Spahn, and Sharon Washington.

In These Uncertain Times
Source Material
Launches at 7 p.m.
An hour-long devised Zoom play described as a love letter to the art of theatre, featuring “drinking competitions, sad Chekhov monologues, and corona-virus meme collages.”

Knife to the Heart
Play-PerView
In this play by Stan Zimmerman and Christian McLaughlin, Julie Ann and Marshall are expecting their first baby—with Marshall’s mother Rhonda hovering over them and Julie Ann’s fellow teacher Deacon providing moral support. Everything’s going smoothly until Julie Ann accidentally learns just what exactly the bris Rhonda’s planning involves, and all good will and politeness dissolve.

Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m. available for 23 hours

Startup
She NYC Theater Festival
8 p.m.
Larissa Kruesi’s play tells the story of a woman growing up and growing apart a newly found startup company

July 26


Other Than We
Columbia University Earth Institute
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The reading of a play written and directed by Karen Malpede about life after the “Deluge,” when the privileged live in a hermetically sealed Dome, and a quartet of rebels engage in “an unlikely plot to create a new, post-Homo sapiens species.” The cast features George Bartenieff, Emily Fury Daly, Beth Malone and Tommie J. Moore.

A Simpler Time
Plays in the House Teen Edition
A series of scenes written by various emerging playwright

30 Feet Together, 6 Feet Apart
Chicago Tap Theater
3:30 p.m.ET
Tap dancing live streamed from the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago live. (“Please note that CTT will be observing all relevant rules and guidelines surrounding social distancing, number of people gathered and wearing of masks. Generally-speaking tap dance does not require the partnering and proximity on which some dance forms thrive.”)

Your Blues Aint Sweet Like Mine
Two River Theater
Launches at 7 p.m.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs a Zoom reading of his one-act play, which explores America’s racial divide through the relationship between Zeke, “a walking outburst,” and Judith, “a seeker of truth.” Some of the original 2015 world premiere cast reunites for the reading, including Brandon J. Dirden, Andrew Hovelson, Merritt Janson, and Rosalyn Ruff, with Glynn Turman coming on to play the role of Zebedee.

Pouf
She NYC Theater Festival
7 p.m.
Lou Clyde’s comedy about an unfulfilled housewife in 1958 who secretly sets up an in-home salon.

Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 p.m. available for 23 hours

You and Me and the Space Between; Are You Still?
Playdate
8 p.m.
The first two of six plays by this new online theater company.1. By Jack Spagnola: Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) and Michaela Watkins (SNL) star as
two strangers who connect through an online dating service. 2.By Lauren D’Errico: Em, stuck at home during pandemic times, tries to resist the ever-present siren call from The Internet..

July 27

The God Projekt
Untitled Theater Company #61
Available until August 16
A dark comic meditation on religion and secular morality. Alone in a Beckett-inspired vision of paradise, God does his level best to manage his divine office. But while fielding an unending flow of prayer requests, he uncovers a secret from his ancient past he’d rather remain forgotten

Lula del Ray
Manual Cinema
1 p.m., available through August 3
When I saw this at the Public Theater in 2017 (my review), it was simultaneously a silent film about a lonely, star-gazing girl in the American Southwest of the 1950’s, and the making of that film, all done with shadow puppetry before our eyes. Now that it’s a recording online, there is an extra layer.

Black Theatre Week: Day 1
Introductory remarks (2pm), a celebration of New Federal Theatre’s 50th anniversary hosted by André De Shields (at 2:30pm) and a Zoom kickoff party (7pm).

Until Ray and Nombre en Proceso
Pregones PRTT
7 p.m.
Week 4 of Remojo 2020, a series of works in progress: 1. Three friends come together for a celebration and get more than they first expected. Inspired by Nicholasa Mohr’s short story “A New Window Display” from her book El Bronx Remembered. Written and directed by Sol Crespo. 2. This Puerto Rican music collective uses improvisational technique as a base for creations that draw from Boricua folklore, rock, classical, and jazz influences.

Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
Metropolitan Opera
7:30 p.m. available for 23 hours
The Scottish tragedy stars French soprano Natalie Dessay in one of her signature roles, opposite Joseph Calleja as Lucia’s lover from an enemy clan.

July 28

Brokenhearted
Black Theatre Network
2 p.m.
Day 2 of Black Theatre Week brings this play by Michael Dinwiddie based on E. Lynn Harris’s memoir that traces his life–from his childhood in Arkansas as a closeted gay boy through his struggling days as a self-published author to his rise as a New York Times bestselling author.

Viral Monologues
24 Hour Plays
Launches at 6 p.m.

 

Broadway Buskers
Times Square Alliance
7 p.m.
Songs by queer Asian-American duo Kit Yan and Melissa Li, whose musicals include Interstate and Cancelled; and 2019 Jonathan Larson Grant Winner Ben Wexler, who co-wrote Washington Square with Kirsten Childs

 

Tosca
Metropolitan Opera
7:30 p.m., available for 23 hours
Karita Mattila plays the title character in Puccini’s political thriller, set at a time of unrest in Rome in June 1800, that centers around the diva, her lover and a corrupt chief of police.

The Innkeepers
Queens Theater
8 p.m.
In this politically tinged murder mastery by Novid Parsi, four guests arrive at a remote rural inn for what appears to be a weekend getaway. But the tenacious innkeeper, Arzu Amiri, has something up her sleeve: she has assembled these guests, who are bound together by a terrible event involving her son many years before.

 

#SaveTheArts
Stars in the House
8 p.m.
A call to action by stars including Marlee Matlin, Annette Bening, tAlex Brightman, Kenny Leon, Rosie Perez, Randy Rainbow, Marc Shaiman, Sarah Silverman..

 

July 29

 

Emily Driver’s Great Race Through Time and Space
Queens Theatre
A Zoom play streamed live that celebrates disability rights. Young Emily travels through the space-time continuum to fight the forces of ableism and save disability history!

Three Kings
Old Vic
2:30 p.m. ET
A solo play by Stephen Beresford about fathers and sons written for Andrew Scott to perform during the lockdown. The play will be streamed live directly from the iconic Old Vic stage with the empty auditorium as a backdrop for five performances only.

Voices from the Black: LGBTQAI
Black Theatre Network
3 p.m.
A series of monologues and short plays during Day 3 of Black Theatre Week

837 Venice Boulevard
Here Arts
7 p.m.
Faye Driscoll’s meditation on the construct of identity. The performers play “themselves” — a charming but ultimately confusing acting job — as they weave through manipulative relationships, dark childhood memories, funny but sad psychological breakdowns, and intentionally bad dance routines. The recording of the 2008 production will be presented on Here’s Facebook page.

Blues in Drag
Dixon Place
7:30 p.m.
Part of the Hot Festival,this is a 40-minute musical written by Susana Cook and performed by her and Timo Hughes. Here is the description: “It’s time to change the police uniforms. The militarized, uptight, uncomfortable police uniforms that attempt to convey strength, toxic masculinity and authority has clearly failed us. They scare us. Sneakers, dresses and more gender fluid attire will make us feel safe.”

Rain Falls Special on Me
Aye Defy
8 p.m.
A play by Lane Michael Stanley. When it rains in Austin, Texas, the best place to stay dry through the night is behind the theater. Weather and circumstance bring together Mikey, Snake, Miss Candace, Motor, Mac, and Julie – all of whom are on the street for different reasons, here now to navigate their relationships, dreams, and often, survival. Graham Schmidt directs a cast that includes Keith Randolph Smith, David Zayas, Becca Blackwell, Cat Palacios, Lana Dietrich, Nate Miller and Maya Quetzali Gonzalez.

Verdi’s Rigoletto
Metropolitan Opera
7:30 p.m. available for 23 hours

#WhileWeBreathe: A Night of Creative Protest
Launches at 9 p.m. Live. Available afterwards.
New short works on While We Breathe’s new YouTube channel written by Lee Edward Colston II, Arvind Ethan David , Cheryl Davis, Nathan Alan Davis, Steve Harper, Bianca Sams, Keenan Scott II, Aurin Squire, Khari Wyatt and Karen Zacarias

July 30


Judy Collins
Live with Carnegie Hall
2 p.m.

Theater of War EMS
Launches at 7 p.m.
Dramatic readings of Sophocles’ Ajax as a catalyst for a discussion about the impact of Covid-19 on frontline medical providers. Best-known for Antigone in Ferguson, the company founded by Bryan Doerries performs classical plays to prompt community discussions about urgent issues. This edition features performances by Chad Coleman, Amy Ryan, and Anthony Almojera.

We Need Your Listening
New Ohio
Launches at 7 p.m,
Three individual slots per day through August 2
As part of the Ice Factory 2020 Festival, this half-hour encounter is described as “a series of intimate, one-on-one exchanges with performers – discovering and re-discovering the act of listening as radical engagement….This is a one-on-one experience that will require you to have your camera turned on.”

The Spoils
New Group
Launches at 7 p.m.., available until August 2
$25
Billed as a reunion reading of this play by Jesse Eisenberg, it features the starry cast of the original 2015 Off-Broadway production (pictured), including Eisenberg himself. (My review, which I subtitled “Jesse Eisenberg makes himself an insufferable jerk, again”)

The 7th Voyage of Egon Tichy
Theater in Quarantine
7 p.m. and 9 p.m. live
Space traveler Egon Tichy likes his quiet time. But when his ship gets hit by a chunk of interstellar detritus, he’s sent careening into a minefield of time vortexes. This 30-minute solo slapstick science-fiction adventure stars Joshua William Gelb

Verdi’s Il Trovatore
Metropolitan Opera
7:30 p.m. available for 23 hours
Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and the late Dmitri Hvorostovsky tear into this “hot-blooded potboiler”

Fatchley
She NYC Theater Festival
8 p.m.
In Zoe Kamil’s play,
Brooklyn actress Reina is determined to make a comeback after a public breakdown, but the pain of her past isn’t as far removed as she would like.

July 31

The Secret Love Life of Ophelia
Greenwich Theatre
Launches at 2:30 p.m.ET. Available through August 14
A large cast reads the love letters between Hamlet and Ophelia in this play by Steven Berkoff with a special appearance by Helen Mirren as Gertrude.

Dvořák’s Rusalka
Metropolitan Opera
Launches at 7:30 pm available until Saturday at 1 p.m.
A dark and melodious take on the old Slavic yarn about a water nymph who falls in love with a human. Staged by Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses), it stars Kristine Opolais, Brandon Jovanovich, Eric Owens, Jamie Barton and Katarina Dalayman.

The Pride of Lions
Dixon Place
8 p.m.
In this latest from the LBGQT Hot Festival, Roger Q. Mason’s 45-minute queer performance work casts a panoramic eye on the plight of queer and trans people within the US legal system from the 1920s to the present

Pride & Prejudice
She NYC Theater Festival
8 p.m.
A new musical by Sam Caps & Annie Dillon that tells the familiar story of five sisters navigating courtship in a socially restrictive world.

Present Laughter
PBS Great Performances
9 p.m.
The 2017 revival of Noël Coward’s comedy, with Kevin Kline, Kate Burton, Kristine Nielsen, and Cobie Smulders. (My Broadway review)

Author: New York Theaterh

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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