25+ Stage Performances to Watch Online This Weekend January 28-30
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, January 27, 2022  •  
Thu Jan 27, 2022  •  
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While in-person theatre is back in NYC, there are still wonderful shows to stream at home. Below are performances you can watch online this weekend, Friday, January 28 to Sunday, January 30, for free or at low cost.

Friday, January 28

On Site Opera: Lesson Plan
On Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, On Site Opera, a New York-based company that produces site-specific productions, presents Lesson Plan, a live, interactive chamber piece about an internationally renowned diva who accidentally ends up teaching a Zoom class of community college students. Inspired by Telemann's Der Schulmeister with additional material by Rachel J. Peters, this made-for-Zoom work features Metropolitan Opera star Stephanie Blythe. Tickets are $30.

Live from Feinstein's/54 Below: The Famous Songs of Barbra Streisand
On Friday at 9:45 p.m. ET, even though Feinstein's/54 Below has reopened for in-person performances, the swanky cabaret club continues to stream select shows live from its stage. Tonight, enjoy The Famous Songs of Barbra Streisand crooned by celebrated vocalists, including Kristin Dausch, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Meaghan Sands and Miss Saigon Tony nominee Willy Falk. Cabaret impresario Scott Siegel created the show and serves as host. Hello, gorgeous! Tickets are $25. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

Saturday, January 29

On Site Opera: Lesson Plan
On Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. ET, On Site Opera, a New York-based company that produces site-specific productions, presents Lesson Plan, a live, interactive chamber piece about an internationally renowned diva who accidentally ends up teaching a Zoom class of community college students. Inspired by Telemann's Der Schulmeister with additional material by Rachel J. Peters, this made-for-Zoom work features Metropolitan Opera star Stephanie BlytheTickets are $30.

Sunday, January 30

New Yiddish Rep: Di Froyen (The Women)
On Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, New Yiddish Rep is currently presenting an in-person mounting of Di Froyen (The Women) at Theater for the New City, but the final performance will also be live-streamed to at-home audiences. Based on the Hebrew play Women's Minyan and performed in "Yinglish" with English supertitles, this drama centers on a woman from Brooklyn's Hasidic community who fled an abusive marriage but is being kept from her children. She returns with a court order and a mission to set the record straight about her experiences. Melissa Weisz and Malky Goldman, both born into the Hasidic community, wrote the adaptation. Tickets are $18.

Live from Feinstein's/54 Below: John Lloyd Young's Broadway
UPDATED DATE: On Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, even though Feinstein's/54 Below has reopened for in-person performances, the swanky cabaret club continues to stream select shows live from its stage. Tonight, enjoy a rousing cabaret of Broadway favorites by John Lloyd Young. The Jersey Boys Tony winner will croon the musical theatre runes that inspired him growing up, including numbers from The Wiz, Chicago, Hair, Dreamgirls and classics by Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Frank Loesser. Tickets are $25. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

New Ohio Theatre: Now in Process: Who Gets to Be Egyptian?
On Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, experimental theatre incubator New Ohio Theatre presents its annual Now in Process series in person with select performances live-streamed to at-home audiences. Tonight, catch Who Gets to Be Egyptian?, a devised movement piece that celebrates Blackness and Black ancestry. Tickets are $15.

The Seth Concert Series: Ana Gasteyer
On Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, even though show-tune savant Seth Rudetsky is back doing shows in person, he hasn't completely abandoned the virtual realm. In fact, he's relaunched his weekly live-streamed concert series! Tonight his guest is Ana Gasteyer. Although this funny lady is best known for her work on sitcoms and Saturday Night Live, she's also a powerhouse vocalist and Broadway vet who played Elphaba in Wicked. Expect hilarity along with high notes. Tickets are $25.

The Green Room 42: Eva Noblezada: So This Is Love
On Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET, lauded cabaret club The Green Room 42 is now streaming all of its in-person performances to at-home audiences. Tonight, catch Broadway diva Eva Noblezada in concert. At just 25, she's already a two-time Tony nominee for her captivating turns as a teenage orphan in the 2017 revival of Miss Saigon and the plucky Eurydice in Hadestown. In this intimate set, she'll croon numbers from her career and tell stories about her journey from performing arts high school to Broadway. Tickets are $19. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

Live from Feinstein's/54 Below: Seasons: A New Musical Song Cycle
On Sunday at 9:45 p.m. ET, even though Feinstein's/54 Below has reopened for in-person performances, the swanky cabaret club continues to stream select shows live from its stage. Tonight, enjoy a concert performance of Tyler Tafolla's new musical song cycle Seasons about six childhood friends as they weather the ups-and-downs of life. The cast includes Shereen Pimentel from West Side Story and Logan Hart from Jagged Little Pill. Tickets are $25. If you prefer to attend in person, click here for info.

All Weekend

PBS Great Performances: Reopening: The Broadway Revival
It's hard to believe that just six months ago, Broadway was completely closed due to the pandemic. This inspiring hour-long documentary follows some of Broadway's biggest blockbusters as they turned their lights back on after 18 months of darkness. Frank DiLella of NY1's On Stage hosts this behind-the-scenes look at how Wicked, Aladdin, Tina, The Phantom of the Opera and other musicals started singing again, with exclusive interviews with Adrienne Warren, Aaron Tveit, Sara Bareilles, Elizabeth Stanley, Alexandra Billings, Jawan M. Jackson, Andrew Rannells, Norm Lewis, Sharon D. Clarke, Lea Salonga, Kristin Chenoweth, Chita Rivera, Laura Benanti and other stage stars. Watch for free until Tuesday, February 15 on PBS' website. Closed captions are available.

PBS: American Masters: Ailey
PBS kicks off the 36th season of its American Masters series with a new documentary about groundbreaking dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey, whose namesake troupe continues to dazzle today. Director Jamila Wignot uses previously unheard audio interviews recorded in the last year of Ailey's life to let him narrate his own story, from being raised by a single mother in Jim Crow Texas, to the founding of his company at age 27, to his mentoring of generations of diverse artists exploring the Black experience through dance. The film includes evocative archival footage and interviews with those close to him as well as a peek at the troupe today. Watch for free until Tuesday, February 8 on PBS' website. Closed captions are available.

PBS: Stars on Stage From Westport Country Playhouse
Earlier this month, PBS presented Stars on Stage From Westport Country Playhouse, recordings of recent concerts performed by Broadway favorites at the Connecticut theatre. All three are viewable until Sunday, February 20 for free on PBS' website: Watch hour-long sets by:

  • Gavin Creel, a charmer who's beloved for his work in Thoroughly Modern Millie, She Loves Me, Hair and his Tony-winning turn in Hello, Dolly!.
  • Shoshana Bean, well known for her performances as Elphaba in Wicked and Jenna in Waitress.
  • Brandon Victor Dixon, whose smooth presence and powerhouse vocals have stolen many a musical, both on stage (Broadway's The Color Purple, Hamilton, Shuffle Along) and on screen (TV's Rent: Live and Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert).

Zoo Mundo
On Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, this digital creation from director Thaddeus Phillips and designer Steven Dufala takes audiences on an amazing virtual voyage across the world. Described as a live cinematic epic, Zoo Mundo is streamed to just 25 screens at each performance, with audiences journeying across the Sahara to the famed Florian Cafe in Venice, hopping the Siberian Express across the Bering Straight, heading down the coast of the Pacific and ending in Antarctica. Tickets start at $17.

Bard at the Gate: Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery
During the shutdown, Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Paula Vogel launched Bard at the Gate, a play reading series showcasing timely, under-the-radar scripts. The initiative is now being presented by New Jersey's lauded McCarter Theatre Center and this weekend you can catch Lloyd Suh's Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, a wild theatrical trip through the history of Asians in America, the good, the bad and the abhorrently racist. Ralph B. Peña directs. Tickets are $12.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater: Addressless
On Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. ET, NYC's acclaimed Rattlestick Playwrights Theater continues its hybrid season with a thought-provoking online exploration of the challenges of being homeless. Created and directed by Martin Boross and written by Jonathan Payne, Addressless is an interactive, virtual theatrical game in which audiences make a series of decisions that impact their housing stability, life expectancy and physical well-being. Log in ready to participate. Tickets are $25 but if you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Hypokrit Productions: Running
Hypokrit Productions presents Running, an autobiographical cinema-stage hybrid by sitcom star Danny Pudi (Community) about his quest to learn about the father he never knew. With some scenes filmed in a theatre, others in the real world, this is a moving documentary journey of self-discovery. Arpita Mukherjee directs. Tickets are $20 and the recording is viewable until Monday, February 28.

The Exponential Festival
Every January since 2016, The Exponential Festival has showcased cutting-edge works mostly on Brooklyn stages. Due to COVID-19, the fest goes virtual this year, with performances by some of the most exciting experimental theatre-makers in the digital space. This weekend you can catch:

  • On Friday at 8 p.m. ET, The Emus, a dance-theatre piece by Yeujia Low inspired by the time the Australian army was dispatched to take out 20,000 emus who were ruining farmers' wheat. Watch for free on the fest's YouTube channel.
  • On Saturday at 8 p.m. ET, Park, Ava Elizabeth Novak's devised video collage exploring how we play, emote and connect in public spaces. Watch for free on the fest's YouTube channel.
  • On Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, Medea Kid, Harold Lehmann's inventive, animated twist on Medea as one of her sons tries to unlock the truth about his murder from beyond. Watch for free on the fest's YouTube channel.

Living Record Festival
The UK-based Living Record Productions presents the Living Recording Festival, a monthlong event featuring original digital performances. The eclectic lineup includes irreverent cabarets, outrageous comedians, interactive plays and even kid-friendly options such as Peter Michael Marino's charming toy theatre epic Planet of the Grapes. Browse the full schedule to see what piques your interest. Tickets start at £7, approximately $9.

Origin 1st Irish Festival
Last chance! Every January since 2008, Origin Theatre Company has presented the annual 1st Irish Festival featuring readings, productions and panels. This year is a hybrid event with both in-person and online offerings. This weekend you can stream:

  • A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing - a solo stage adaptation of Eimear McBride's novel of the same name exploring the inner life of an Irish Catholic girl from birth to age 20. Filmed on stage at Irish Rep. Tickets are $25 and the recording is viewable until Sunday.
  • In the Middle of the Fields - Deirdre Kinahan's play centering on a woman undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Filmed outdoors last summer by Washington DC's Solas Nua. Tickets are $15 and the recording is viewable until Monday.
  • City - John McCarthy's solo show about the secret language of buildings. Tickets are $15 and the recording is viewable until Monday.
  • One Voice Festival: Tales from the Quay - a series of monologues celebrating St. George's Channel, which separates Ireland and Wales. Recorded last summer by the Wexford Arts Center. Tickets are $15 and the recording is viewable until Monday.

New Ohio Theatre: Petunia's Big Day
New Ohio Theatre presents Petunia's Big Day, a new musical for young audiences inspired by the self-care web series Petunia's Playhouse. With songs by Billy Recce (A Musical About Star Wars) and creatures by Eric Wright of Puppet Kitchen, this hour-long show centers on Petunia as she preps for her first day of school. But will an unexpected visitor derail her dreams for the perfect day? Tickets are $25 and the recording is viewable until Sunday, February 6.

San Francisco Playhouse: Twelfth Night
Last chance! San Francisco Playhouse recently presented an in-person production of Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub's enchanting musicalization of Twelfth Night, and now you can watch a recording online. The show premiered at Shakespeare in the Park a few seasons back and features glorious songs by Taub and a streamlined script that condenses Shakespeare's romantic comedy into 90 heartwarming minutes. This production was directed by Susi Damilano and filmed live on stage at the West Coast theatre. Tickets start at $15 and the recording is viewable until Saturday.

Donmar Warehouse: Constellations
Last chance! London's acclaimed Donmar Warehouse presents Nick Payne's Constellations, a time-bending two-hander that explores the notion of the multiverse by replaying key moments in one couple's romance. Michael Longhurst, who helmed the play on Broadway, directed this production, which was filmed on stage with four different casts alternating in this trippy tale. The pairings are Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah; Peter Capaldi and Zoë Wanamaker; Omari Douglas and Russell Tovey; and Anna Maxwell Martin and Chris O'Dowd. Tickets are £7.50 for each cast, approximately $10. Or you can watch all four for £20, approximately $27. The recording is viewable until Monday, and closed captions and audio description are available. You must create a Donmar Warehouse account to watch.

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

Top image: Hadestown star Eva Noblezada, who's performing a solo concert on Sunday night that will also be live-streamed to at-home audiences.




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