Read about NYC's best theatre and dance productions and watch video interviews with innovative artists
In-person shows have been back for over a year now, but sometimes we want to get our theatre fix at home. Thankfully, there are still wonderful stage performances to watch online. Our carefully curated list spotlights the five best performances to stream this weekend, Friday, October 14 to Sunday, October 16, for free or at low cost.
Live-streaming on Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m. ET but a recording will also be available. Tickets are pay what you can but $25 is suggested.
The women-led theatre company The Anthropologists presents an in-person performance of No Pants in Tucson which will also be live-streamed to at-home audiences. Inspired by an 1883 ordinance prohibiting women from wearing pants in the title city, this is a provocative romp that excavates the many sexist and heteronormative 19th- and 20th- century laws that were meant to keep ladies and gender-nonconforming folks in their place. The troupe's founding artistic director, Melissa Moschitto, wrote and directed this misogynistic history tour.
Airing on TV on PBS Thirteen on Friday, October 14 at 9 p.m. ET for FREE
PBS presents the inaugural episode of NEXT at The Kennedy Center, a new series featuring world-class performances recorded live at the iconic Washington, DC venue. First up is Let My Children Hear Mingus, a centennial celebration of jazz legend Charles Mingus. The Mingus Big Band headlines the evening, which also features performances and interviews with musicians, record producers, historians and activists who knew the man and his music, including saxophonist Charles McPherson, pianist Jason Moran, diva Georgia Anne Muldrow, and pianist and songwriter Robert Glasper. Can't watch live? It will air multiple times over the next few weeks.
Live-streaming Saturday, October 15 at 3 p.m. ET for a $30 suggested donation.
Bellamy Young (Scandal and Prodigal Son on TV, The Life on Broadway) headlines an in-person benefit reading of Tyler Martin's Bonded at Theatre Row that will also be live-streamed to at-home audiences. An exploration of bonding through shared trauma, the play centers on estranged siblings who reconnect and uncover their long-suppressed family dysfunction. Proceeds go to MenHealing.
Live-streaming Sunday, October 16 at 7 p.m. ET for $19
During the shutdown, Broadway vet Sarah Uriarte Berry, a former Belle in Beauty and the Beast, began serenading her neighbors every Friday night from her front porch. Within a few weeks, she was drawing standing-room-only crowds—socially distanced, of course. Now that in-person performances are back, she brings the party to NYC, where she'll croon tunes from her career (Next to Normal, The Light in the Piazza, Taboo) and share bittersweet stories about life in lockdown. Live-streaming directly from The Green Room 42 in Midtown. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Streaming until Friday, October 21 for FREE
It's your last chance to catch Intimate Apparel, a critically acclaimed opera based on Lynn Nottage's eponymous play that was filmed live on stage at Lincoln Center Theater earlier this year. The work centers on a lonely African-American seamstress (Kearstin Piper Brown) searching for love and fulfillment in turn-of-the-20th-century New York. Composer Ricky Ian Gordon (Orpheus & Euridice, Morning Star) actually approached the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright about collaborating on transforming her script into a sung-through piece. Tony winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, My Fair Lady) directs.
Top image: Theatre and TV star Bellamy Young, who's starring in a live-streaming reading this Saturday.