Read about NYC's best theatre and dance productions and watch video interviews with innovative artists
With in-person theatre still a rarity, many companies and performers from Broadway and beyond are showcasing their work online. Below are performances you can watch Monday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 3, for free or at low cost.
The Tank: The Lesbian Play
On Monday at 7 p.m. ET, indie theatre incubator The Tank presents The Lesbian Play, Riley Elton McCarthy's exploration of 21st century queer identity as the members of Boston University's Women Loving Women Club come together on the night of the 2016 Presidential election to celebrate the birthday of one of their own. Will they end the evening torn apart? Tickets start at $15.
Lake Tahoe Dance Festival
On Monday at 9 p.m. ET, earlier this week, the ninth annual Lake Tahoe Dance Festival took place in person, but you can watch a recording of the performance starting today. Enjoy commissions by choreographers Constantine Baecher, Durante Verzola, Jack Blackmon, Jehbreal Jackson, Marco Pelle and Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon. Watch for free on the festival's website though donations are encouraged. The recording is viewable until Wednesday.
Christopher Lloyd in King Lear
On Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET, Obie and Emmy Award-winning actor Christopher Lloyd (Taxi, Back to the Future) is currently headlining King Lear at Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires, but you can also stream the show at home. Directed by Nicole Ricciardi, the production was filmed live on stage earlier during the run. Tickets are $25.
Putting It Together: An Evening With James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim
On Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET, in honor of the release of James Lapine's book Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created 'Sunday in the Park with George', the creators of that Pulitzer Prize-winning musical come together on Zoom to talk about their brilliant collaboration. Christine Baranski, who appeared in the original Off-Broadway production of Sunday in the Park with George, will moderate the discussion between Lapine and Stephen Sondheim as they share behind-the-scenes stories about the making of their masterpiece and their fruitful friendship. Original Sunday stars Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters will also make a special appearance. Tickets start at $25.
Irish Repertory Theatre: The Cordelia Dream
On Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET, NYC's venerable Irish Rep presents The Cordelia Dream, Marina Carr's psychologically complex two-hander about the fraught interactions between a Woman and a Man which recall the dysfunctional relationship between Cordelia and King Lear. Director Joe O'Byrne's production was filmed live on stage at Dublin's New Theatre and stars Stephen Brennan and Danielle Ryan. Tickets are required to receive the free viewing link; a $25 donation is suggested.
Baltimore Center Stage: A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction
On Tuesday at 7:30 ET, Baltimore Center Stage presents A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction, a dark comedy by Miranda Rose Hall about a theatre company putting on a show about climate change that goes awry. So the stage manager/light board operator/dramaturg comes up with some unexpected ways to engage the audience. Log on ready to participate in this communal experience. Tickets start at $25 but if you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase them at a discount.
Stars in the House: Love Boat Reunion
On Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley are on a well-deserved vacation, during which they're presenting encore streams of popular Stars in the House episodes. Tonight, catch a Love Boat reunion from February 2021, featuring longtime cast members Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Ted Lange, Bernie Kopell, Lauren Tewes and Jill Whelan. Watch for free on YouTube though donations to The Actors Fund are encouraged.
Bryant Park: Adrienne Warren and Friends in Concert
If you missed Adrienne Warren's live concert last Friday night, you can watch a recording courtesy of Bryant Park. The Broadway powerhouse, whose blazing performance as Tina Turner in Tina is practically guaranteed to win her a Tony Award this fall, sang songs and spread joy with a few of her talented pals. Watch for free on Bryant Park's YouTube channel.
Lincoln Center Theater: The Wolves
Lincoln Center Theater shares a never-before-seen treat: a recording of The Wolves, Sarah DeLappe's Pulitzer finalist play about nine high school juniors on a soccer field exchanging ideas, thoughts and confidences as they pass the ball back and forth. The chatter is incessant but insightful, offering a glimpse into the insular and messy world of American teenage girls as they candidly discuss everything from periods to politics. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, this Obie-winning production stars Lauren Patten, Sarah Mezzanotte, Susannah Perkins, Tedra Millan and other up-and-comers, and was filmed live on stage at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in 2017. Register on Broadway on Demand to receive the free viewing link; the recording is viewable until Sunday, August 15.
The Great Filter
Jason Ralph and Trevor Einhorn from the Syfy series The Magicians star in The Great Filter, an out-of-this-world thriller about a pair of astronauts returning to Earth after a failed mission who realize the planet may be in crisis. Equal parts sci-fi and comedy, this one-act was written and directed by Frank Winters and filmed live on stage earlier this summer at the Wild Project in the East Village. Tickets are $18 and the recording is viewable until Thursday, August 26.
New Normal Rep: Lines in the Dust
New Normal Rep presents Lines in the Dust by Obie winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Nikkole Salter. Set in Newark in 2010, this moving drama centers on a working-class single mother desperate to find an alternative to the underperforming zoned school for her bright young daughter. How much will she risk to give her kid a leg up? Awoye Timpo directs Lisa Rosetta Strum, Melissa Joyner and Jeffrey Bean. Tickets are $25 but if you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase them at a discount. The recording is viewable until Sunday and closed captions are available.
Top image: Stephen Sondheim, who'll be chatting about the making of Sunday in the Park with George with James Lapine on Tuesday evening.