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Top 5 Stage Performances to Stream This Weekend October 20-22

By: Raven Snook
Date: Oct 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, October 20 to Sunday, October 22, for free or at low cost.

The Green Room 42: Pamela Winslow Kashani: Change Happens

Live-streaming Friday, October 20 at 9:30 p.m. ET for $26

Broadway performer (the original Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Babette in Beauty and the Beast) turned producer (An American in Paris) Pamela Winslow Kashani shares stories and songs from her career on both sides of the footlights. As she traces her journey, she croons show tunes, witty parodies and her own original numbers. Live-streaming directly from The Green Room 42 in Midtown. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

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National Theatre: Othello

Streaming until Sunday, October 22 for FREE

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, London's National Theatre is streaming its well-received 2022 production of Othello for FREE. Clint Dyer directs Giles Terera, Rosy McEwen and The Inheritance Tony nominee Paul Hilton in Shakespeare's powerful tragedy about jealousy, manipulation and racism.

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PBS Great Performances: Merry Wives

Streaming until Tuesday, October 31 for FREE

The Public Theater just broke ground on its two-year renovation of the Delacorte in Central Park. So it's the perfect time to revisit one of its recent triumphs: Merry Wives, Jocelyn Bioh's fabulous one-act adaptation of the Bard's The Merry Wives of Windsor, filmed live on stage at Shakespeare in the Park in summer 2021. Set in modern-day Harlem with ladies' man Falstaff (Broadway vet Jacob Ming-Trent) attempting to woo two married West African immigrants, the show is an exuberant romp that celebrates broad comedy and Black joy. Saheem Ali directs an all-Black cast in this laugh-out-loud comedy, which I absolutely loved.

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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 Playwrights Theater.

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TheaterWorks Hartford: Lizzie

Streaming through Sunday, October 29 for $15

Connecticut's TheaterWorks Hartford is currently presenting an in-person production of the concert musical Lizzie, but you can also watch a recording at home. An irreverent, rock 'n' roll take on the tale of Lizzie Borden, the show explores the intense days leading up to the most infamous double murder in history. Sydney Shepherd plays the title character and Broadway's Nora Schell (Jagged Little Pill) portrays the maid who testified against her.

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