Read about NYC's best theatre and dance productions and watch video interviews with innovative artists
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, March 17 to Sunday, March 19, for free or at low cost.
Airing on TV on PBS Thirteen on Friday, March 17 at 9 p.m. for FREE
A trio of divas, Renée Fleming, Kelli O'Hara and Joyce DiDonato, star in The Hours, which was recorded live at The Metropolitan Opera last fall. Based on Michael Cunningham's acclaimed novel of the same name, which also inspired the 2002 Oscar-winning movie, this new opera by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts follows three women in different eras, including legendary author Virginia Woolf, as they grapple with inner demons and dissatisfaction with their societal roles. Phelim McDermott directs. If you can't watch on Friday evening, the opera is airing at other times throughout the month.
Streaming until Monday, April 10 for FREE
Oscar nominee and stage vet David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck, The Heiress on Broadway) stars in the powerful one-man play Remember This about Jan Karski, a Polish World War II hero and Holocaust witness, who risked his life to deliver intel about the Warsaw ghetto to the Allied Nations. It's a role Strathairn knows well: He's been playing Karski since 2015 when he headlined the ensemble play My Report to the World, which the writers Clark Young and Derek Goldman transformed into this solo show in 2019. Since then, Strathairn has performed the piece on stage at Georgetown University (where Karski studied and taught for decades), in London, Washington, DC and at Brooklyn's Theatre for a New Audience last fall where I saw this riveting play. This filmed version of the show was captured in black and white, and is accompanied by the 20-minute documentary Remembering Jan Karski that explores the ongoing relevance of his harrowing story.
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 a modern-day staging of Henry V starring Game of Thrones' Kit Harington as the title monarch in Shakespeare's thrilling historical chronicle exploring nationalism, war and the psychology of power. Max Webster (Life of Pi) directed this live stage production, which was filmed at London's Donmar Warehouse. Henry V 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 indefinitely for FREE
On March 11, 1973, the first major tribute to Stephen Sondheim took place at Broadway's Shubert Theatre. To mark its 50th anniversary, the producer of that event, Kurt Peterson, who also starred in the original Broadway production of Follies, released a tribute video filled with the backstory of this landmark concert as well as audio highlights from the evening accompanied by still photographs. It's a tuneful trip down memory lane that includes Angela Lansbury, Larry Kert, Chita Rivera, Dorothy Collins, Alexis Smith, Len Cariou and Nancy Walker.
Different shows live-streaming at different times at a sliding scale
The 22-year-old EstroGenius Festival—NYC's longest-running fest showcasing the work of women, nonbinary, trans women and gender nonconforming artists—takes place over three weeks at four venues, and some of the participating shows are also live-streaming to at-home audiences. This weekend, you can stream Claire Ayoub's autobiographical comedy The GynoKid (Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. ET) about growing up the child of small-town gynecologists, and Develop(ing) Together: BEAR (Sunday at 2 p.m. ET), a dance piece by c/s movement projects.
Top image: David Strathairn in PBS Great Performances: Remember This, which streams this weekend for free. Photo by Jeff Hutchens.