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Top 5 Stage Performances to Stream This Weekend February 17-20

By: Raven Snook
Date: Feb 16, 2023
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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 holiday weekend, Friday, February 17 to Monday, February 20, for free or at low cost.

Live from 54 Below: Make Them Hear You: An Ode to Black Musicals

Live-streaming Sunday, February 19 at 9:45 p.m. ET for $25

Phenomenal singers celebrate Black musicals past, present and future in this one-night-only concert. In Dahomey, the first full-length Broadway musical written and performed by Black artists, Eubie!It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues and Raisin are just some of the classics they'll spotlight alongside numbers from in-development shows. Streaming live from the cabaret club's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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Live from 54 Below: Talia Suskauer

Live-streaming Monday, February 20 at 7 p.m. ET for $25

Wicked's current Elphaba, Talia Suskauer, makes her solo 54 Below debut in this concert of personal favorites, including folk, rock and, of course, some soaring Broadway hits. Streaming live from the cabaret club's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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Red Bull Theater: Phèdre

Live-streaming Monday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. for $25

NYC's Red Bull Theater, which revitalizes undersung classics, presents an in-person reading of Phèdre that will also be streamed to at-home audiences. Tony Award winner Jennifer Ehle and Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli star in Jean Racine's 17th-century tragedy about a model mother and devoted wife whose growing obsession with her stepson derails the family. Lanise Antoine Shelley directs this new translation by Rob Melrose. Busy on Monday night? A recording will be available to watch on demand from Tuesday, February 21 to Sunday, February 26.

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PBS: American Masters: Ailey

Streaming until Tuesday, February 28 for FREE

PBS presents American Masters: Ailey, a documentary about the groundbreaking dancer and choreographer, whose namesake troupe continues to dazzle today. Director Jamila Wignot uses previously unheard audio interviews recorded in the last year of Alvin Ailey's life to let him narrate his own story, from being raised by a single mother in Jim Crow Texas, to the founding of his company at age 27, to his mentoring of generations of diverse artists exploring the Black experience through dance. The film includes evocative archival footage and interviews with those close to him as well as a peek at the troupe today.

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FRIGID Fringe Festival

Select shows live-streaming throughout the weekend at a sliding scale

FRIGID's 17th annual Fringe fest kicks off this week with 25 offbeat offerings at two East Village theatres over three weeks. If you can't make it in person, most of the shows are being live-streamed, including Emil Amok: Lost NPR Host Found Under St. Marks (Saturday), I Am My Own MILF (Friday), How to Be an Ethical Slut (Saturday and Monday) and Kingfish (Saturday) starring TDF's Tyler Riley. It's worth browsing the eclectic lineup to see what piques your interest.

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BONUS

Second Stage Theater: Between Riverside and Crazy

Live-streaming Friday, February 17 at 8 p.m., Saturday, February 18 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, February 19 at 3 p.m. for $68

Second Stage's limited live-stream of Between Riverside and Crazy was so successful, the company has extended it to the production's final four performances. This is truly your last chance to see this Broadway show from the comfort of your living room! 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.

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Top image: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Revelations, which is featured in the documentary American Masters: Aileystreaming on PBS. Photo by Bill Hebert.

Raven Snook

Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her at @RavenSnook. Follow TDF at @TDFNYC.