One of many advantages of streaming theater — come on, we should consider that cup as half-full — is that we are able to now combine and match choices inside a single night. You can begin with a brief from London and pair it with a live performance from Chicago. Or you’ll be able to have a full meal of present tunes by sticking across the Pasadena Playhouse’s web site.
At 22 minutes, the very humorous “Iceboy!” — a teaser for a forthcoming musical — is a tasty appetizer. Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Adam Devine and Laura Bell Bundy take advantage of the abbreviated working time.
Then it’s on to the primary course: the Playhouse’s new tribute to Jerry Herman, the composer of “Hi there, Dolly!,” “La Cage Aux Folles” and “Mame.” The present was conceived by Andy Einhorn, the musical director for the “Dolly” revival with Bette Midler, so he is aware of the right way to seize that Herman zest. Search for the reliably entertaining Lesli Margherita within the forged. Via Feb. 7; playhouselive.org.
‘Hello, Are You Single?’
In this solo show offered by Woolly Mammoth in affiliation with IAMA Theater Firm, the fantastic playwright-performer Ryan J. Haddad (whom chances are you’ll know from the Netflix collection “The Politician”) considers his courting choices as a homosexual man with cerebral palsy. Snubbed by a possible date he was corresponding with, Haddad snaps, “That might have completely devastated me, if solely he might spell.” Feb. 1-28; woollymammoth.net.
The Atlantic Theater is presenting African Caribbean MixFest, a collection of free readings of performs by France-Luce Benson, Guadalís Del Carmen, Jasmine Lee-Jones, Kwame Kwei-Armah and Whitney White, together with three new commissions. Bonus: It’s at all times a pleasure to observe Marin Eire and Kevin Mambo strut their performing stuff. Via Jan. 29; atlantictheater.org.
Yearly, Origin 1st Irish Theater Pageant presents new works by Irish firms in Eire, Northern Eire and New York. It’s going absolutely digital this month, with a mixture of performs, options, documentaries and panels. Search for the Fishamble firm’s manufacturing of Eva O’Connor’s “Mustard,” in addition to “Underneath the Albert Clock,” an omnibus of 5 quick performs by ladies which are all set in 2050. Via Jan. 31; origintheatre.org.
In 1987, Alan Bowne’s drama about an unidentified virus ravaging New York referred to AIDS; it feels pertinent once more in the present day, for various causes. MCC and Tectonic Theater are making obtainable once more a studying from April, by which Marisa Tomei returns to her position within the unique manufacturing. This time round, Tomei is paired with Oscar Isaac and Patrick Breen. Jan. 28-31 (longer for MCC subscribers); mcctheater.org.
Regional Theaters Step Up
Seems that the playwright Rajiv Joseph can draw, too. The creator of “Bengal Tiger on the Baghdad Zoo” has written, directed and illustrated “Crimson Folder,” a brief narrated by Carrie Coon and commissioned for the digital stage by the Steppenwolf firm, in Chicago. Jan. 27-Aug. 31; steppenwolf.org.
Additional south, the powerhouse Alley Theater, in Houston, presents the inventive director Rob Melrose’s new translations of quick works by basic playwrights, beginning with August Strindberg’s “The Stronger” (via Feb. 7) and “A Half Sheet of Paper” (Jan. 22-Feb. 14). alleytheatre.org.
In Carmen Rivera’s “La Gringa,” a New Yorker named María Elena García thought she’d be welcome with open arms throughout her first go to to Puerto Rico, land of her ancestors. She discovers rapidly that it’s not at all times simple to straddle two cultures. The play turned an instantaneous sensation when it premiered at Repertorio Español in 1996, and it stays the longest-running Off Broadway play in Spanish. Whilst you’re at it, try the corporate’s manufacturing of the Federico García Lorca masterpiece “La Casa de Bernarda Alba.” repertorio.nyc.
Broadway Cares … Twice
The Broadway Cares advantages have reliably been among the many most entertaining streaming initiatives of the previous yr, and this month alone brings a few alluring ones. First, Marisa Tomei turns up once more, this time with Bobby Cannavale, in a studying of the Jon Robin Baitz play “Three Hotels,” made up of three monologues and directed by Moisés Kaufman. Jan. 26-30; broadwaycares.org.
Much more expansive is “Anjou: The Musical Horror Story,” a contemporary Mexican opera by Guillermo Mendez M. and Guadalupe Sandoval in regards to the battle between Roman Catholics and Protestants in Sixteenth-century France. We’re solely getting highlights, however this digital occasion will not be scrimping, with a forged of 17 that features Eden Espinosa, Bianca Marroquín, Julia Murney, Shereen Pimentel and Javier Muñoz. Jan. 29-Feb. 2; broadwaycares.org.
Finest Plot Twist Ever?
When Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s sensible play “Gloria” opened on the Winery Theater, in 2015, it shook audiences with a plot twist that was as brutal because it was shocking. It’s an excellent wager the occasion will shock digital audiences too, when the ace unique forged — Kyle Beltran, Catherine Combs, Michael Crane, Jennifer Kim, Jeanine Serralles and Ryan Spahn — reunites for a profit studying. Via Jan. 24; vineyardtheatre.org.
The Mint Theater had the foresight to document a lot of its productions earlier than the pandemic, and it continues to add goodies from its vault of unheralded performs — the corporate’s area of interest specialty. The emphasis on feminine playwrights is especially welcome, with two dramas from 1936 going surfing subsequent. Lillian Hellman’s “Days to Come”— a few factory-owning household’s try and snuff out a strike — is obtainable via Feb. 21. Subsequent month will function “Katie Roche” by Teresa Deevy, an Irish playwright who has been one of many Mint’s greatest (re)discoveries. Feb. 1-Mar. 28; minttheater.org.