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While in-person theatre is back in NYC, there are still wonderful shows to stream at home. Below are performances you can watch online this weekend, Friday, March 25 to Sunday, March 27, for free or at low cost.
New Victory Theater: Jabari Dreams of Freedom
On Friday at 7 p.m. ET, NYC's premiere family theatre, the New Victory, is presenting an in-person production of Jabari Dreams of Freedom, but you can also watch a recording at home. Nambi E. Kelley's play centers on Jabari, a modern-day Black teen who connects with Civil Rights greats such as Ruby Bridges and Claudette Colvin in his dreams. Rap, freedom songs, hip-hop dance and humor are threaded into this powerful piece. Tickets are $25 and the recording is viewable until Sunday, April 17.
Page 73: Man Cave
On Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, for the past quarter century, Page 73 has been dedicated to giving promising dramatists their NYC debuts. The company has an impressive track record—recent world premieres include Michael R. Jackson's Pulitzer Prize-winning A Strange Loop and Zora Howard's Pulitzer finalist Stew. Its current production, Man Cave, is playing at The Connelly Theater in the East Village, but the last two weeks of performances are also be live-streamed to at-home audiences. This ambitious, politically charged horror story by John J. Caswell centers on four struggling Mexican-American women who hole up in the fancy basement of a racist Arizona congressman, hoping to call on angry spirits to avenge their brutal circumstances. Taylor Reynolds directs this chilling exploration of the plight of the historically disenfranchised. Tickets start at $20. Closed captions are available.
Stars in the House: Telethon for Ukraine
On Saturday at noon ET, during the shutdown, Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley's online gabfest Stars in the House served as a lifeline for theatre artists and audiences, as Broadway's best gathered virtually to chat and sing while raising money for charity. Today, the stage-loving spouses are hosting a 10-hour telethon to raise money for and awareness of the ongoing war in Ukraine. The list of guest stars is breathtaking, with performances and appearances by Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Steve Martin, Annette Bening, Billy Porter, Audra McDonald, Cynthia Nixon, Laurie Metcalf, Tituss Burgess, Kristin Chenoweth, David Hyde Pierce, Kelli O'Hara, Robin De Jésus, Donna Murphy, Annaleigh Ashford, Jessie Mueller, Josh Groban, John Stamos, Lindsay Mendez, Laura Benanti, Norman Lear, Betty Buckley, Rosie Perez, Mandy Patinkin, Kathryn Grody, Rachel Bloom, Patrick Wilson, Shoshana Bean, Brittney Johnson, Miranda Sings, Debra Monk, Bonnie Milligan, Adam Pascal, Donna Lynne Champlin, Javier Muñoz, Norbert Leo Butz, Katie Finneran, Ruthie Ann Miles, Ben Stiller, Christine Baranski, Kristen Bell, Andrew Rannells, Piper Perabo, Tony Shalhoub and many, many more. The event will also feature Ukrainian citizens, including actor Oleg Karpenko, who costarred with President Zelensky in Servant of the People. Tune in anytime for free from noon to 10 p.m. ET on YouTube. Donations will benefit the International Rescue Committee's humanitarian efforts for those impacted by the war in Ukraine.
Page 73: Man Cave
On Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. ET, for the past quarter century, Page 73 has been dedicated to giving promising dramatists their NYC debuts. The company has an impressive track record—recent world premieres include Michael R. Jackson's Pulitzer Prize-winning A Strange Loop and Zora Howard's Pulitzer finalist Stew. Its current production, Man Cave, is playing at The Connelly Theater in the East Village, but the last two weeks of performances are also be live-streamed to at-home audiences. This ambitious, politically charged horror story by John J. Caswell centers on four struggling Mexican-American women who hole up in the fancy basement of a racist Arizona congressman, hoping to call on angry spirits to avenge their brutal circumstances. Taylor Reynolds directs this chilling exploration of the plight of the historically disenfranchised. Tickets start at $20. Closed captions are available.
Live from Feinstein's/54 Below: To Steve with Love: Liz Callaway Celebrates Sondheim
On Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, even though Feinstein's/54 Below has reopened for in-person performances, the swanky cabaret club continues to stream select concerts live from its stage. Tonight, Broadway Baby Liz Callaway celebrates the late, great Stephen Sondheim, who was responsible for her Broadway debut at age 20 in his underappreciated musical Merrily We Roll Along. This tribute concert will include Sondheim classics and rarities, and a guest performance by Callaway's son, Nick Callaway Foster. Tickets are $25. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Live from Feinstein's/54 Below: Frank Sinatra – The Second Century – A Celebration of Sinatra's Timeless Hit Songs!
On Saturday at 9:45 p.m. ET, even though Feinstein's/54 Below has reopened for in-person performances, the swanky cabaret club continues to stream select concerts live from its stage. Tonight, swoon as Broadway vets croon classic tunes made famous by Ol' Blue Eyes, including "One for My Baby," "Chicago," "My Way" and "It Was a Very Good Year." Cabaret impresario Scott Siegel curated and cast the evening, which features performances by Willie Demyan, Luke Hawkins, Ben Jones and Anaïs Reno. Tickets are $25. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
The Seth Concert Series: Lauren Patten
On Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, even though show-tune savant Seth Rudetsky is back doing shows in person, he hasn't completely abandoned the virtual realm. In fact, he's relaunched his weekly live-streamed concert series! Tonight his guest is Lauren Patten, who won a Tony Award for her song-stealing performance as cynical, lovesick teen Jo in Jagged Little Pill. Expect numbers from that musical ("You Oughta Know" has become her signature) as well as original tunes—when Patten is not on stage or screen, she's often making music with her eponymous rock band. Tickets are $25.
Black Theatre Coalition: Building New Pathways
On Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, Black Theatre Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to dismantling the systemically racist and biased ideology in the theatrical job space, presents Building New Pathways, an evening spotlighting 30 fellows and apprentices making Black history right now. Enjoy performances and appearances by Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis, Alex Newell, LaChanze, Wynton Marsalis and other Black luminaries while learning about this groundbreaking organization. Register to receive the free viewing link though donations are encouraged.
The Kraine for Ukraine: Variety Comedy Benefit
Considering everything going on these days, we're all in need of a few laughs. And The Kraine for Ukraine: Variety Comedy Benefit invites you to giggle for a good cause. Presented in person earlier this month at the East Village theatre, this yukfest can now be watched online. Hosted by Carole Montgomery from Funny Women of a Certain Age, this 90-minute special features comedians, clowns and variety performers such as Paul Valenti, Linette Palladino, Mariko Iwasa, Calvin Cato, AJ Silver, Jim Mendrinos and Tyler West. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish and proceeds benefit the people of Ukraine via the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA).
The Builders Association: I Agree to the Terms
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 5 p.m. ET, NYU's Skirball presents I Agree to the Terms, a created-for-Zoom show by the Obie-winning collective The Builders Association. Log in to vie for a job as an Amazon "microworker," the employees who train the algorithms that shape our online experience. These workers earn from $1 to $100 a day in a vast, unregulated industry that is often boring and sometimes disturbing. Connect with real-life microworkers as you train alongside this invisible online labor force. Tickets are $15.
Birmingham Rep: The Play What I Wrote
Marvel baddie and Tony nominee Tom Hiddleston is the special guest star in Birmingham Rep's laugh-out-loud mounting of The Play What I Wrote about two performing pals who have different ideas about what belongs on stage. Thom has written an epic set in the French Revolution called A Tight Squeeze for the Scarlet Pimple. Dennis thinks they should do a tribute to a beloved British comedy duo. But first, Dennis needs to persuade someone famous to appear in Thom's play. Guess who's the lucky target? Dennis Herdman, Thom Tuck and Mitesh Soni round out the cast of this production, which was recorded last December. Tickets start at £10, approximately $13, and the recording is available until Monday, April 4. Captions and audio description are available.
The Cherry Arts: The Wetsuitman
On Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET, Ithaca, NY's innovative The Cherry Arts is currently presenting The Wetsuitman in person, but it's also being streamed to at-home audiences. A modern-day mystery about a Norwegian architect who discovers a wetsuit on a beach with a human bone protruding from the leg hole, this genre-defying play is a mystery-turned-meditation on identity and migration. Tickets start at $20.
Bard at the Gate: Passing
During the shutdown, Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Paula Vogel launched Bard at the Gate, a play reading series showcasing timely, under-the-radar scripts. The initiative is now being presented by New Jersey's lauded McCarter Theatre Center and this weekend you can catch Dipika Guha's Passing, about an indigenous child kidnapped by British parents who grows up to be a visual artist reckoning with a brutal history. Nicole A. Watson directs a cast that includes K.K. Moggie, Max Gordon Moore and Kelley Curran. Tickets are $12.
Court Theatre: The Lady From the Sea
Court Theatre, the professional company of the University of Chicago, presents Richard Nelson's new translation of Ibsen's The Lady From the Sea, about a lighthouse keeper's daughter who's torn between her landlocked marriage and the sailor she once loved. Lauded director Shana Cooper helms the production, which was filmed live on stage. Tickets start at $15 and the recording is viewable until Sunday, April 10.
American Repertory Theater: Ocean Filibuster
Last chance! Massachusetts' acclaimed American Repertory Theater recently presented the world premiere of Ocean Filibuster, but you can stream a recording of the eye-popping piece at home. Obie winner Jennifer Kidwell stars as both an advocate for and enemy of the ocean, which is being threatened by (who else?) humans. Welcome to the Senate chamber of a global governing body, where Mr. Majority introduces an "End of Ocean Bill" designed to shrink the Earth's oceans into a more marketable collection of inland seas. When the floor is opened for debate, the Ocean arrives to speak in its own defense. Katie Pearl directs this multimedia, music-and-myth-filled epic, which was created by the Brooklyn-based duo PearlDamour and features music by Sxip Shirey. Tickets start at $25 and the recording is available until Sunday.
Bucks County Playhouse: Andy Mientus Sings Joni Mitchell's Ladies of the Canyon
Bucks County Playhouse presents Broadway and Smash star Andy Mientus crooning all the tunes on Joni Mitchell's classic 1970 album Ladies of the Canyon. Filmed on stage last winter at the beloved Pennsylvania theatre, the evening also features guest performances by Anastasia's Christy Altomare and The Book of Mormon Tony winner Nikki M. James. Mientus' Tony-nominated husband, Michael Arden, directs. Tickets are $25 and the recording is viewable until Friday, April 1.
The New Group: i need space
Playwright Donja R. Love, whose drama one in two was a critically acclaimed hit for The New Group, is behind this new digital series called i need space. An eye-opening examination of isolation, loss and loneliness, it centers on a queer Black man named Marcus whose only contact with the world outside his childhood bedroom comes through Zooming. Sound familiar? Expect a real and raw dissection of disconnection. Watch the first seven episodes for free on Broadstream.
PBS: Broadway in Concert: An Evening with Lerner and Loewe
Last chance! PBS' brand-new series Broadway in Concert features stage stars singing numbers from classic American musicals. First up is a tribute to Lerner and Loewe, the prolific songwriting team behind Gigi, My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon and Paint Your Wagon. Come From Away Tony nominee Jenn Colella, Aaron Lazar, Jose Llana, Michael Maliakel, Aisha Jackson, Sean Thompson and Bayla Whitten croon some of their beloved songs, including "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Get Me to the Church on Time," "On the Street Where You Live" and "Almost Like Being in Love." Watch for free until Saturday on PBS' website. Closed captions are available.
The Huntington: The Bluest Eye
Boston's The Huntington is currently presenting an in-person theatricalization of Toni Morrison's celebrated debut novel The Bluest Eye, but you can also stream a recording of the production online. Adapted for the stage by award-winning dramatist Lydia Diamond, the play centers on Pecola, a young Black girl who believes the world would be wonderful if she could have blue eyes. Awoye Timpo directs. Tickets start at $20 and the recording is viewable until Saturday, April 9.
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Top image: Two-time Tony winner Andrea Martin, one of a slew of celebrities participating in Stars in the House's 10-hour telethon for Ukraine. Photo by Don Dixon.