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Top 5 Stage Performances to Stream This Weekend July 21-23

By: Raven Snook
Date: Jul 19, 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, July 21 to Sunday, July 23, for free or at low cost.

Live at 54 Below: Lucie Arnaz: I GOT THE JOB! Songs From My Musical Past

Live-streaming Saturday, July 22 at 7 p.m. ET for $25

Stage and screen star Lucie Arnaz (Pippin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, They're Playing Our Song) chronicles her life and career in showbiz, from her first role at 14 as The Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland to a grandma doling out advice from a trapeze in Pippin on Broadway. Enjoy backstage stories, show-stopping songs and tales of her famous parents in this personal performance. Streaming live from the cabaret hub's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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Live at 54 Below: & The Players: Cast Member From & Juliet

Live-streaming Sunday, July 23 at 9:45 p.m. ET for $25

The multitalented multi-hyphenates in & Juliet's ensemble take the spotlight for one night to sing their favorite songs in this eclectic high-energy concert. Streaming live from the cabaret hub's swanky stage. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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Ice Factory: On the Cranial Nerves of Barbarians II: A Carp Sanctuary

Streaming until Saturday, August 12 for $18
Attention avant-garde theatre lovers: After three decades, the New Ohio Theatre is closing, which means this is the final Ice Factory ever. This Obie-winning fest is all about emerging artists taking risks, with NYC companies invited to present their latest works in progress over four days. The subjects are timely and the offerings diverse, and the second performance of each show will also be live-streamed, with a recording available through the last day of the festival. This week, you can watch On the Cranial Nerves of Barbarians II: A Carp Sanctuary online, a new operetta that draws on social research and AI to explore German avant-garde political theatre and the mounting environmental crisis.

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PBS Great Performances: Richard III

Streaming until Friday, July 28 for FREE
Great Performances presents Danai Gurira in Robert O'Hara's radically inclusive Richard III, which was filmed live on stage last summer at The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park. The Black Panther star is riveting as the power-hungry and ruthless title villain, who's determined to become king at all costs. The diverse ensemble also includes Oklahoma! Tony winner Ali Stroker as Richard's conquest Anne, Heather Alicia Simms as Queen Elizabeth, Tina Tony nominee Daniel J. Watts, Gregg Mozgala and Michael Potts.

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PBS Great Performances: Uncle Vanya Starring Toby Jones

Streaming until Monday, July 31 for FREE

PBS Great Performances presents Conor McPherson's striking adaptation of Uncle Vanya, Anton Chekhov's heartbreaking tale of loneliness and longing. Toby Jones stars in the title role, an unhappy man who believes life has unfairly passed him by. Richard Armitage, Rosalind Eleazar, Aimee Lou Wood, Anna Calder Marshall, Dearbhla Molloy, Roger Allam and Peter Wight costar in this production, which was filmed live at London's Harold Pinter Theatre, where the show enjoyed a critically acclaimed but truncated run due to the pandemic.

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Top image: Toby Jones and Richard Armitage in Uncle Vanya, which is streaming for free through the end of the month. Photo by Johan Persson.

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