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Even though in-person theatre and dance are back in full swing, in the name of accessibility, we're continuing to round up performances to watch online from the comfort of home. Our carefully curated list spotlights the five best options to stream this weekend, Friday, February 10 to Sunday, February 12, for free or at low cost.
Live-streaming Friday, February 10 at 8 p.m., Saturday, February 11 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, February 12 at 3 p.m. for $68
I rarely recommend the same streaming production two weeks in a row, but this is your last chance to see this Broadway show from the comfort of your living room! Second Stage live-streams its critically acclaimed production of Between Riverside and Crazy directly from the stage of the Hayes Theatre through Sunday only. Stephen Adly Gurgis' hilariously profane Pulitzer Prize-winning play centers on Pops (a riveting Stephen McKinley Henderson), a curmudgeonly-cuddly ex-cop widower holding court in his palatial, rent-controlled, Riverside Drive apartment as his ex-con son Junior (Common), a sultry church lady, his ex-partner and other eclectic characters angle to get what they need from him, whether that's love, money, a place to crash or a lawsuit dropped. Austin Pendleton directs this delicious ensemble comedy. Here's hoping Broadway will continue to live-stream performances—there are some dedicated folks working on that.
Live-streaming Friday, February 10 at 9:45 p.m. ET for $25
Dave Chappelle famously said that every comedian wants to be a musician. Well, these stand-ups want to be musical theatre stars! Theatre-kids-turned-comics Zach Schiffman and Reid Pope host this evening of cutups crooning, including familiar faces from Comedy Central, HBO and NYC club stages. Streaming live from the cabaret club's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Begins streaming on Friday, February 10 for $10
In our overwhelmingly online world, it's easy for communication to be misinterpreted. That's what happens in Smithtown, a decade-old play by Drew Larimore that took on new resonance during the pandemic lockdown and was revived and recorded remotely. Now it's back for an encore stream. Structured as a series of monologues, the drama explores how a text message about a tragedy kicks off an intense chain reaction that upends lives in a small college town. The impressive cast consists of Broadway regulars Michael Urie, Ann Harada, Colby Lewis and Constance Shulman.
Streaming for $10
In 2020, London's lauded National Theatre launched its own streaming service featuring professional stage captures of its productions. While you can buy a subscription, shows are also available to rent individually for 72 hours. New to the roster is The Boy with Two Hearts. Inspired by a real-life story, the play chronicles the epic journey of an Afghan family forced to flee the Taliban at the turn of the century. But their trek is made even more arduous because of the heart condition of one of their sons. This critically acclaimed production is a harrowing tale of hope and a love letter to the UK's National Health Service. The Boy With Two Hearts costs $10 and captions are available. It's just one of many fantastic National Theatre shows you can stream, so be sure to browse the entire list.
Streaming until Sunday, March 19 for $15
The Berkshires' lauded Jacob's Pillow dance festival is streaming recordings of select performances from last summer's season. Founded by Neil Ieremia in 1995 in New Zealand, Black Grace puts a contemporary spin on traditional Samoan and Maori dance. The program includes O Le Olaga – Life, a tribute to Ieremia's parents set to Vivaldi's Gloria in D Major, and Fatu, a new piece inspired by the work of Samoan painter and sculptor Fatu Akelei Feu'u.
Top image: The cast of The Boy with Two Hearts, which recently started streaming. Photo by Jorge Lizalde/Studio Cano.