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, September 29 to Sunday, October 1, for free or at low cost.
Live-streaming on Saturday, September 30 at 1 and 7 p.m. ET for $26
Broadway veteran Alice Ripley performs her most requested songs, including "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables , "Who Will Love Me As I Am" from Side Show and "I Miss the Mountains" from her Tony-winning turn in Next to Normal in this intimate cabaret. Live-streaming directly from The Green Room 42 in Midtown. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.
Live-streaming on Zoom on Saturday, September 30 at 5 p.m. ET for FREE; advance registration required
Theater of War Productions, a company that uses classical texts to address contemporary issues, presents a hybrid performance of two tales exploring power and control, domestic violence and family dynamics. Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Fleishman Is in Trouble), Maev Beaty (Beau is Afraid) and Araya Mengesha read the "Patient Griselda" from Boccaccio's 14th-century Decameron. In response, Margaret Atwood performs her story "Impatient Grisleda," written in 2020. Afterward, director-adapter Bryan Doerries facilitates a guided discussion about the themes raised.
Live-streaming on Sunday, October 1 at 2 p.m. ET for €12.50, approximately $13.50
Iconoclastic director Ivo van Hove (A View From the Bridge, Network) directs this searing production of The Damned, based on Luchino Visconti's legendary 1969 film. An immersive and cinematic theatrical event, the play chronicles the rise and fall of a family of rich German industrialists who are corrupted by their collaboration with the Nazis. Live-streaming directly from Amsterdam, the show is performed in Dutch but English subtitles will be available. Recommended for ages 16 and up due to nudity and violence.
Live-streaming on Sunday, October 1 at 7 p.m. ET for $26
A dozen talented divas, including Broadway's Adrianna Hicks (Some Like It Hot, SIX), Amanda Jane Cooper (Wicked) and Hannah Elless (Bright Star), perform a concert reading of SEEN: In the Line, a new musical by Kristen Brewer that tells the stories of the women in the Bible through song. Think Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar but with a feminist bent! Although in-person tickets are sold out, you can still live-stream this performance directly from The Green Room 42 stage.
Streaming until Sunday, October 1 for FREE
Long Wharf Theatre presents its fourth annual Black Trans Women at the Center, a digital festival of playlets showcasing the stories and performances of Black trans women. The evening was curated by Long Wharf artistic ensemble member Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, who directed three of the offerings: Desperately Seeking Faith, Memoirs of a Flower Witch and From the Inside Out, which stars Edidi and A Strange Loop Tony nominee L Morgan Lee.
Top image: Ivo van Hove's The Damned, which is live-streaming directly from the stage of the Internationaal Theater Amsterdam.