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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, January 26 to Sunday, January 28, for free or at low cost.
Streaming Friday, January 26 to Friday, February 16 for FREE.
Lip-syncing drag icon Lypsinka, the glamorous alter ago of actor John Epperson, teamed up with director Chloë Sevigny for the new short Toxic Femininity presented by The New Group. Set to words of stardom spoken by Judy Garland and Joan Crawford, it's a hilarious examination of the fickle nature of fame.
Streaming until Sunday, January 28 for $30.
NYC's Red Bull Theater, which revitalizes undersung classics, presented an in-person reading of The Revenge on Monday and you can watch a recording through Sunday. Lauded classical actor John Douglas Thompson stars in Edward Young's 1721 play about an enslaved prince who hatches a plan to turn his master against his mistress. Nathan Winkelstein directs this Othello-esque thriller.
Live-streaming on Sunday, January 28 at 7 p.m. ET for $28.50.
Enjoy the latest installment of Sondheim Unplugged, a stripped-down concert series celebrating the late songwriting legend. Talented vocalists croon Sondheim tunes accompanied solely by piano alongside special guests Albert Guerzon and Lucia Spina from the recent Into the Woods revival, Ramona Mallory from the revival of A Little Night Music, Aléna Watters from the 2009 revival of West Side Story and Broadway vet Karen Mason. Live-streaming from 54 Below's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Live-streaming on Sunday, January 28 at 9:45 p.m. ET for $28.50.
The Glee Project alum Miki Abraham, who was Alex Newell's awesome understudy in Broadway's Shucked, shows off her formidable pipes and peresonality in her 54 Below solo debut. Enjoy an eclectic set list of songs, from country to Broadway, with special guest appearances by her husband, Parade's Alex Joseph Grayson, her Shucked costar Traci Elaine Lee and American Idol's Alyssa Wray. Live-streaming from 54 Below's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
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. New to the roster is Yerma, playwright-director Simon Stone's radical modern-day reinvention of Lorca's classic tragedy. Billie Piper earned raves on both sides of the pond and a 2017 Olivier Award for her searing performance as a woman identified simply as Her, a successful journalist in her thirties trying to have a child with her partner. But, thanks to a no-holds-barred blog and multiple rounds of IVF, her quest to give birth leads her down a destructive path, and she ends up alienating everyone around her as she sinks into despair. A 72-hour rental 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.
Airing on NY1 on Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET for FREE.
After 67 years, the Obie Awards, which honor outstanding Off- and Off-Off Broadway shows, is trading its expensive annual ceremony for a televised event on NY1's On Stage, where recipients for playwrighting, director and performance will be announced and given grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The special will include prerecorded acceptance speeches, appearances by Tony nominee Kara Young and acclaimed playwright David Henry Hwang, and a cursory history of the Obies.