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Top 5 Stage Performances to Stream This Weekend February 24-26

By: Raven Snook
Date: Feb 22, 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 weekend, Friday, February 24 to Sunday, February 26, for free or at low cost.

Until the Flood

Streaming for FREE

All Arts presents Dael Orlandersmith's searing solo show Until the Flood, about the 2014 killing of Black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Inspired by real-life interviews Orlandersmith conducted with people from the community, the show features eight disparate characters struggling to come to terms with what happened and its aftermath. This performance was recorded in 2018 during the play's critically acclaimed run at Rattlestick Theater.


Theater of War Productions: The Frederick Douglass Project

Streaming for FREE

Earlier this month, Theater of War Productions, a company that uses classical texts to examine contemporary issues, presented Tony-nominated actor Keith David (Jelly's Last JamNope) reading an iconic Frederick Douglass speech from 1883, followed by a guided audience discussion aimed at fostering compassion and action. Now you can watch a recording of this powerful and illuminating experience. David's passion for Douglass—he's given voice to the great emancipator, abolitionist, writer and orator in three different documentaries and starred in a one-man bio show—make this a must-see.


Mint Theater Company: Philip Goes Forth

Streaming until Sunday, March 18 for FREE
Mint Theater Company, which has been unearthing forgotten plays since 1992, presents a recording of Philip Goes Forth by George Kelly. After winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1926 for Craig's Wife, the playwright-director had a string of flops, but the failure of Philip Goes Forth particularly stung. But when the Mint revived the dramedy in 2013 after 82 years of obscurity, critics hailed it as a misunderstood gem. It's the story of an aspiring playwright who turns his back on his father and the family business to pursue his dream. There's only one problem: he's talentless. Closed captions are available.


Hamlet Starring Maxine Peake

Streaming for FREE

All Arts presents British stage star Maxine Peake as the morose Danish prince in Hamlet. Produced by the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England and filmed live on stage in 2014, this critically acclaimed and contemporary take on Shakespeare's tragedy was directed by Sarah Frankcom.


FRIGID Fringe Festival

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

FRIGID's 17th annual Fringe fest continues with 25 offbeat offerings at two East Village theatres through Sunday, March 5. If you can't make it in person, most of the shows are being live-streamed, including A Scar Is Born (Friday), Running Scared (Friday and Sunday) and As I Eat the World (Saturday and Sunday). It's worth browsing the eclectic lineup to see what piques your interest.


Top image: Keith David, who performs in Theater of War Productions' The Frederick Douglass Project.

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