Let rainbow-festooned theater and cabaret take over your computer, tablet or television this month: With streaming, you can now bask in Pride from home.
You have to love any event featuring a hair team — like the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fund-raiser “Broadway Bares,” which has been bringing on the saucy and the naughty since 1992. A return to form is expected in 2022, but for now, this year’s edition, “Twerk From Home,” will be virtual, promising a dozen new videos and 170 scantily clad dancers. Premiering June 20; broadwaycares.org.
Another beloved queer institution is Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City” series. This month, American Conservatory Theater is streaming a musical adaptation, from 2011, with a score by Jake Shears and John Garden of the Scissor Sisters. It’s good to have Anna Madrigal (Judy Kaye), Mary Ann Singleton (Betsy Wolfe) and Michael “Mouse” Tolliver (Wesley Taylor) back at 28 Barbary Lane. June 21-27; act-sf.org.
Meanwhile, the Tank and All for One Theater are streaming the 2019 Off Off Broadway production of Crystal Skillman’s wonderful solo play “Open,” starring the gifted Megan Hill as a nerdy, lovable amateur magician dealing with a crisis with her girlfriend, who is in the hospital. June 21-27; afo.nyc.
And a couple of institutions are keeping the cabaret flame alive. Flushing Town Hall in Queens is bringing back its Pride Trilogy, this time with Mark Nadler’s “Gay as They Say” (June 10-16), Marieann Meringolo “Here’s to the Ladies! A Salute to Great Ladies of Song” (June 17-July 14) and Darius de Haas’s tribute to Billy Strayhorn, “Something to Live For” (June 24-July 21). flushingtownhall.org.
In Manhattan, the brilliant Sasha Velour hosts the “La MaMa Love Cabaret,” which is being presented both in-person and online. Look out for Jasmine Rice LaBeija, Justin Vivian Bond, the Illustrious Pearl, Sweaty Eddie, Pixel the Drag Jester and Untitled Queen. June 22; lamama.org.
More Stars Than There Are in Heaven
Broadway’s Best Shows is not kidding around this month. First off is “Show of Titles,” with an armada of heavy-hitters belting out the title numbers from about 20 musicals. But amid the Glenn Closes and Patti LuPones is … Isabelle Huppert? Her song selection is shrouded in mystery, but fans of Gallic-flavored tunes might bet on “Irma la Douce” — in the original French, bien sûr — “Coco” or “Can-Can.” (June 13-17). Smaller in size, but not in wattage, is the pairing of Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in a reading of Sarah Ruhl’s “Dear Elizabeth” (June 17-21), based on the correspondence between the poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. (We may claim to love “Sophie’s Choice” but let’s face it: The Kline-Streep movie we actually reach for is “Ricki and the Flash.”) broadwaysbestshows.com.
Jackie Sibblies Drury had a good 2019: She won the Pulitzer Prize for drama with “Fairview” and premiered “Marys Seacole,” a play that hops in time and space for the story of a Jamaican nurse (Quincy Tyler Bernstine) and what it means to be a female caregiver. Ben Brantley in The New York Times called it “breathless and radiant.” The Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 production is now streaming, with a superb cast that includes Karen Kandel and Ismenia Mendes. June 10-July 4; lct.org.
‘La Comédie-Française Chante Gainsbourg’
At 341 years old, the Comédie-Française in Paris is like Catherine Deneuve in “The Hunger”: ageless and looking fabulous as it adapts to changing times. The French Institute Alliance Française is streaming this concert to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the songwriter Serge Gainsbourg’s death. The set list features a well-curated mix of hits, including a coolly sexy version of “Love on the Beat” by Rebecca Marder, and lesser-known gems like “Vu de l’Extérieur.” June 10-30; fiaf.org.
‘The Comedy of Errors’
The least you can expect with two sets of identical twins are mistaken identities and slapstick comedy — and that is what Shakespeare delivers in this unabashedly goofy romp. Rodgers and Hart used it as a basis for their musical “The Boys from Syracuse,” and Kent Gash set his finger-snapping 2014 staging during the Harlem Renaissance. That production is now online, by way of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Through June 26; osfashland.org.
‘Volpone, or The Fox’
André De Shields is making the most of his free time before returning to “Hadestown,” taking on the role of the duplicitous Venetian of this play’s title, in a Red Bull Theater reading. Hamish Linklater also stars in Ben Jonson’s 17th-century comedy, as the scheming servant Mosca, and don’t discount the reliably funny scene-stealers Kristine Nielsen and Mary Testa. June 14-18; redbulltheater.com.
Festival of Live Digital Art
This Canadian festival might have been considered outer-limits when it was created in 2018, but our understanding of digital theater has grown exponentially in the past year. Now, the event is downright mainstream — well, almost, with a lineup that still favors the experimental. Get out there and explore. June 9-13; folda.ca.
‘Ohio State Murders’
Hot on the heels of an Audra McDonald-led reading comes another take on this Adrienne Kennedy drama, this time in a livestreamed staging helmed by the rising director Tiffany Nichole Greene for the Goodman Theater in Chicago. The play, which premiered in 1992, revolves around the harrowing memories of a woman (loosely based on Kennedy) who reminisces about events that happened during her undergraduate days decades earlier. June 17-20; goodmantheatre.org.
‘Becoming Dr. Ruth’
Come again? If you can’t catch Tovah Feldshuh playing the sex therapist Ruth Westheimer live at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, N.Y., through June 27, you can stream her in the same Mark St. Germain play thanks to the North Coast Repertory Theater in California. Through July 4; northcoastrep.org.
‘Unmasked: A Theatrical Celebration of Black Women’s Liberation’
Jocelyn Bioh (“School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play”) and Dominique Morisseau (“Skeleton Crew”) tackle beauty standards and a young runner’s challenges in their respective one-act plays. Ngozi Anyanwu and Stacy Osei-Kuffour round out this anthology presented by the Black Rebirth Collective and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. June 19-July 4; thewallis.org.
This musical, based on Studs Terkel’s collection of interviews with working Americans, flopped on Broadway in 1978. But it has had an afterlife many hits would envy: It is regularly produced and almost as regularly updated to fit new times, new occupations and new songwriters, including Lin-Manuel Miranda. Now, the Alliance Theater in Atlanta is streaming a version, directed by Tamilla Woodard, that features material specific to the city and a new song by Kristian Bush of Sugarland. Through June 20; alliancetheatre.org.
‘What If If Only’
Streaming theater makes it easier to justify presenting short plays. There is even less hesitation when it’s a new piece by Caryl Churchill, who some argue is the greatest living playwright. Directed by Les Waters and Jared Mezzocchi, this United States premiere comes courtesy of the National Asian American Theater Company. Through June 12; naatco.org.