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Patti LuPone in Company
Photograph: Courtesy Brinkhoff/Moegenburg Patti LuPone in Company

The best live theater to stream online this week

Theaters are closed for now, but you can find great stage stars and events streaming online today

By Adam Feldman
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The pandemic crisis has had a devastating effect on the performing arts. Broadway has shut down for at least the rest of 2020, and the ban on large gatherings in New York currently extends to all other performance spaces as well. So the show must go online—and streaming video makes that possible. Here are some of the best theater, opera, dance and cabaret events from across the country (and around the world) that you can watch today without leaving home, many of which will help you support artists and worthy charities. Scroll past the day-by-day listings to find events that have already premiered but can still be seen for a limited time. We update this page on a weekly basis.

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EVERY DAY

Circle Jerk
Circle Jerk
Photograph: Danny Bristoll

Fake Friends: Circle Jerk

7:30pm EDT / 12:30am BST (through October 25, live only)
Charles Ludlam’s seminal Ridiculous Theatrical Company is a prime inspiration for Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley’s Circle Jerk, a satirical farce about white supremacy in the gay community. Making use of multiple cameras and quick costume changes, Breslin and Foley stream their show live from Brooklyn’s MITU580 eight times, joined by fellow performer Cat Rodríguez and codirector Rory Pelsue. Tickets start at $5. (A recorded version will be available on demand from October 26 through November 7.)

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Così fan tutte
Così fan tutte
Photograph: Courtesy Ken Howard

Metropolitan Opera

7:30pm EDT / 12:30am BST (available for 23 hours)
The Met continues  its immensely popular rollout of past performances, recorded in HD and viewable for free. A different archival production goes live at 7:30pm each night and remains online for the next 23 hours. Click here for this week's complete schedule, which is devoted to comic operas by composers including Rossini, Verdi and Mozart.

Tonya Pinkins
Tonya Pinkins
Photograph: Tess Steinkolk

Prelude Festival 2020: Sites of Revolution

Various times through October 30 (live only)
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center’s free, unmissable annual festival showcases snippets from upcoming avant-garde work, offering the theatrical and dance equivalent of a "coming attractions" series. For this year’s ten-day virtual edition, curators David Bruin and Miranda Haymon have assembled a diverse bunch of performers and art makers for readings, panels, performances and discussions. This year’s festival feature artists including Elevator Repair Service, Stefania Bulbarella, Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Zachariah Ezer, Gyun Hur, Dena Igusti, Le’Andra LeSeur, Mei Ann Teo and many, many others. Visit the Prelude website for a complete schedule.

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Leila Buck
Leila Buck
Photograph: Meredith Zimmerman

Working Theater: American Dreams

Various times (live only)

As the U.S. girds its loins for the upcoming election, Leila Buck’s interactive show American Dreams imagines a nationally televised game show in which the viewers (read: audiences) vote on who gets to be a citizen. Directed by Tamilla Woodard for Working Theater, the show is taking a virtual national tour over a six-week period, teaming with presenters across the country for nine short runs in succession. In addition to Buck herself, the cast includes Andre Ali Andre, India Nicole Burton, Jens Rasmussen, Imran Sheikh and Andrew Valdez. After a home-turf run through October 25, the show moves to a Connecticut platform from October 27 through November 1. Tickets are pay-what-you-can scale. 

Kenney Green and Dayna Grayber at Marie's Crisis
Kenney Green and Dayna Grayber at Marie's Crisis
Photograph: Courtesy Tyler William Milliron

Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar

4pm–9:30pm EDT / 9pm–2:30am BST 
The beloved West Village institution keeps the show tunes rolling merrily along every night of the week. Visit the Maries Group page on Facebook to watch from home, and don’t forget to tip the pianists and staff through Venmo. Read all about it here

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James Wesley and Seth Rudetsky at piano
James Wesley and Seth Rudetsky at piano
Photograph: Juli Wesley

Stars in the House

8pm EDT / 1am BST
Showtune savant and SiriusXM host Seth Rudetsky (Disaster!) and his husband, producer James Wesley, are the animating forces behind this ambitious and very entertaining series, in which they play host to theater stars in live, chatty interviews interspersed with clips and songs. Dr. Jon LaPook, the chief medical correspondent for CBS News, provides periodic updates on public health, and surprise virtual visitors are common. Donations benefit the Actors Fund. You can find a schedule of guests here.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22

Liz Gerring Dance Company: (T)here to (T)here
Photograph: Miguel Anaya

Baryshnikov Arts Center: Liz Gerring Dance Company: (T)here to (T)here  

Thursday 5pm EDT / 10pm BST (available for one week)
Baryshnikov Arts Center resumes its free PlayBAC series of videos from its archive of live dance, theater and music performances. This week’s offering is Liz Gerring Dance Company’s 2016 work (T)here to (T)here, set against projections by Kay Rosen and original music by Michael J. Schumacher. Gerring herself performs it alongside Pierre Guilbault, Julia Jurgilewicz, Joseph Giordano, Claire Westby and Brandon Collwes.

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Nikkole Salter in whiterly negotiations by Lydia Diamond
Photograph: Cherie B Tay

Theatre for One: Here We Are

Thursday 6pm EDT / 11pm BST (live only)
Each Thursday, actors and spectators are paired up for brief, free, one-on-one virtual encounters: solo shows for solo audiences. Theatre for One was created in 2010 by scenic designer Christine Jones, and returned in multiple locations in 2015; all eight of the world-premiere playlets in this virtual edition of the series have been written, directed, and designed by BIPOC women—including two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage—and all are performed by BIPOC artists. Read more about it here. To sign up for a slot, you must register in advance; reservations start on Monday mornings.

Color Between the Lines
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Irondale Theater: Color Between the Lines: Good Trouble

Thursday 7pm EDT / midnight BST
Irondale Ensemble Project looks back at Brooklyn's 19th-century abolitionist movement in this collectively devised anthology of brief musical vignettes, which initially presented as part of the In Pursuit of Freedom project. Irondale is dividing an archival recording of its 2012 production into four 20-minute parts, streamed on successive weeks; each section is followed by a discussion led by cast member and co-creator Damen Scranton, with special guests including New York Attorney General Letitia James and Brooklyn Historical Society President Deborah Schwartz. 

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Gabrielle Stravelli
Photograph: Shervin Lainez

Radio Free Birdland: Gabrielle Stravelli

Thursday 7pm EDT/ midnight BST (available for 30 days)
The midtown jazz venue Birdland welcomes music back to its stage in a twice-weekly concert series with a solid lineup of stars on its roster. There’s no audience, but the performers, suitably distanced from one another, have the benefit of professional sound and three cameras as they perform their live sets. (Each concert costs $20 and remains available on demand for a month after the premiere.) This edition features Gabrielle Stravelli, who has a groovy ’70s-chick vibe and a supple, versatile voice that can navigate multiple genres with ease but who has a special affinity for jazz. After many years as one of New York's best-kept secrets, she has finally been riding a well-deserved tide of acclaim. For this Great American Songbook set she is joined by pianist Michael Kagan and her husband, bassist Pat O’Leary.

Jessica Sherr in Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies
Photograph: Courtesy Kent Campbell

Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies

Thursday 7:30pm EDT / 12:30am BST (live only)
In this 90-minute solo show, streamed live, Jessica Sherr raises a cup to Davis in a tribute to the silver-screen legend that is set on the night of the 1939 Academy Awards. Karen Carpenter directs. Tickets cost $18.50 and include a talkback with Sherr after the performance.

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TL Thompson
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Vineyard Theatre: Lessons in Survival

Thursday 8:30pm EDT / 1:30am BST (available for 18 hours)
The Commissary, a new group of 40 artists now collectively in virtual residence at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre, presents Lessons in Survival, a series conceived by Marin Ireland, Peter Mark Kendall, Tyler Thomas and Reggie D. White. In each installment, actors with earpieces channel historic speeches, interviews and conversations in real time, directed by Tyler Thomas. Eight performances and four live “open rehearsals” are scheduled through November 1, with free public forums on YouTube every Sunday to discuss the work. Single tickets start at $9; a $60 all-access pass will let you watch every episode on an extended viewing page (through November 15). Tonight’s open rehearsal features Crystal Dickinson, Peter Gerety, Jennifer Ikeda, Peter Mark Kendall, TL Thompson and Nicole Villamil working through words by Miles Davis, Muhammed Ali, Nikki Giovanni, Joan Baez and Pete Seeger.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

dwb (driving while black)
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Baruch Performing Arts Center: dwb (driving while black)

Friday 9am EDT / 2pm BST (available through October 29)
A Black mother prepares her teenage son for life on the rough roads ahead in a 50-minute solo chamber opera performed by soprano Roberta Gumbel, who also wrote the libretto to which Susan Kander’s music is set. Chip Miller directs the piece’s virtual premiere, which is presented by Baruch in partnership with Opera Omaha. The cello-percussion duo New Morse Codes provides musical accompaniment. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish.

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The War of The Worlds: Alive on Stage!
Photograph: Gareth Davies

The Shows Must Go On!: The War of The Worlds

Friday 2pm EDT / 7pm BST (available for 48 hours)
Universal’s YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On! began by rolling out a different Andrew Lloyd Webber musical every week, then moved on to NBC’s live broadcasts of musicals. After a 10-week break, the series has now returned. Jingle writer Jeff Wayne's 1978 debut album, a full-length musical adaptation of H.G. Wells's space-invaders novella The War of The Worlds, was a smash hit in the U.K., where it remains one of the 50 best-selling albums of all time. A 2006 stage version spawned a series of touring productions around the world. This video employs more than 20 cameras to capture a performance of the show's 2012 iteration, The Next Generation, at London's giant O2 Arena. A hologram of Liam Neeson plays the spoken-word role of the Journalist (performed on the album by Richard Burton); also in the cast are Jason Donovan, Ricky Wilson, Marti Pellow, Will Stapleton and Kerry Ellis. The real star, however, is a 35-foot flying saucer that blasts heat rays over the audience.

Lucie Pohl
Photograph: Mindy Tucker

Frigid New York: Frigid Fridays

Frigid New York: Frigid Fridays
Frigid’s weekly virtual variety show, hosted by Lucie Pohl from the company’s home base in the East Village’s Kraine Theater, is a melting pot of theater, comedy, storytelling and more. This week’s bill features, among other attractions, karaoke by Terry Jackson, storytelling by Clay McLeod Chapman, comedy by Veronica Garza, music by Kilusan Bautista and special material by Dandy Darkly. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish.

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Stephen Petronio Company: Bloodlines—Courtesan and the Crone
Photograph: Sarah Silver

Stephen Petronio Company: Virtual Bloodlines Festival 

Friday 7pm EDT / midnight BST (available for one week)
Stephen Petronio continues his Bloodlines project, which explores the lineage of postmodern dance, in a virtual series of three virtual programs. The first looks at Yvonne Rainer’s Diagonal (1963), Trio A with Flags (1966/1970) and Chair Pillow (1969) and Steve Paxton’s Jag Vill Gärna Telefonera (1964/1982). A conversation with Rainer, Petronio and dance critic Deborah Jowitt is included. 

New Federal Theatre: Medal of Honor Rag

Friday 7pm EDT / midnight BST (through October 25)
Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre, which has been platforming the work of minorities in New York City for 50 years, presents highlights from its past in Octoberfest, a month-long series of Friday-night readings. Up this week is Tom Cole’s Medal of Honor Rag, in which a Black veteran of the Vietnam War works through his trauma with help from a psychiatrist. A. Dean Irby directs a cast that includes Royce Johnson, Micah Stock and Beethovan Oden. The reading is free but donations are welcome.

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William TN Hall
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

William TN Hall: Broadway to Beyoncé

Friday 7pm EDT / midnight BST 
One of NYC’s most appealing piano-bar entertainers, British transplant William TN Hall has tickled keys and audiences alike at the Duplex, Brandy’s and Don’t Tell Mama for years. Now he shows off his versatility in a live, two-hour weekly set. Requests are welcome, as of course are tips (Venmo: @WilliamTNHall).

The Tempest at St. Ann's Warehouse
Photograph: Teddy Wolff

St. Ann’s Warehouse: The Tempest

Friday 7:30pm EDT / 12:30am BST (available through October 29) 
The English director Phyllida Lloyd found new angles on Shakespeare’s plays in the 2010s with a trilogy of all-female productions set in the confines of women’s prisons. After premiering at London’s Donmar Warehouse, all three made their way to New York’s St. Ann’s Warehouse, which is rolling out filmed versions of them this month. The final one is a condensed version of The Tempest, starring the magnificent Harriet Walter as the sorcerer Prospero, who has been unjustly banished to a remote island. “It makes perfect textual sense for Lloyd to end her trilogy of Shakespeare productions with this magical, melancholy late romance,” wrote David Cote in his 2017 Time Out review. “Walter’s emotionally translucent Prospero—bluff pride exquisitely mingled with shame and penitence—is reason enough to attend.” Lloyd, who directed the movies Mamma Mia! and The Iron Lady, filmed all three productions in front of live audiences in 2016, but the final edits also include footage from hand-held and GoPro footage, so expect something rather less static than the usual theater capture. (All three productions will be repeated next weekend in a marathon.)

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Obehi Janice
Photograph: Zack DeZon

WP Theater: Ole White Sugah Daddy

Friday 8pm EDT / 1am BST (available for four days)
WP Theater, formerly known as the Women’s Project, christens its 2020–21 season of online plays with a live reading of Obehi Janice’s Ole White Sugah Daddy, about a young Black coder trying to start a company with help from an older white investor. Caitlin Sullivan directs the show, which is offered in partnership with Mirirai’s Sithole’s Aye Defy (which streamed a reading of the play in July). Tickets are free but reservations are required. 

City Garage: The Bourgeois Gentleman
Photograph: Paul Rubenstein

City Garage: The Bourgeois Gentleman

Friday 8pm EDT / 1am BST (available through October 28)
The experimental-theater company City Garage has been blowing minds in Santa Monica, California, since the 1980s. Now the company is sharing archival recordings of some of its best-received past productions. Its 2008 production of The Bourgeois Gentleman, translated and adapted by Charles Duncombe and director Frédérique Michel, gives modern twists to Moliere's 17th-century comedy about an arriviste who finds it hard to breathe the aristocratic airs he assumes. Donations are welcome.

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Shoshana Bean
Photograph: Courtesy For The Record

Shoshana Bean: Broadway My Way

Friday 8pm EDT / 1am BST (live only)
Best known to theater audiences for replacing Idina Menzel as Elpheba in Wicked and, more recently, starring as Jenna in Waitress, the big-voiced Bean dips into the Broadway catalog in this virtual concert. Although she has diversified into pop in her four studio albums, this concert is devoted to musical-theater songs from roles she has played onstage, would like to play onstage or knows she will never play onstage.

Kevin R. Free
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Frigid New York: The Reparations Show

8pm EDT / 1am BST 
The Reparations Show, created by Kevin R. Free and Erez Ziv, is presented weekly by Frigid and hosted by a different BIPOC artist each week. Tickets are pay-what-you-will. 

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Kitt Lavoie
Photograph: Jennifer Reichert

Mirrorbox Theatre: (R-Montana)

Friday 9pm EDT / 2am BST (live only)
Based in Cedar Rapids, Mirrorbox Theatre bills itself as Iowa’s only company exclusively dedicated to presenting new plays in their state premieres. In its Out the Box series, the company presents free Zoom readings of contemporary plays every Friday night. This week’s selection, directed by the company’s own Cavan Hallman, is Kitt Lavoie’s (R-Montana), in which a Republican governor is courted to run for President as a Democrat. Seating is limited and advance registration is required.

Annoyance Theatre: Splatter Theater
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Annoyance Theatre: Splatter Theater

Saturday 10pm EDT / 3am BST (live only)
Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre goes online with three performances of the 34th (!) edition of its signature Halloween show, Splatter Theater, a very gory spoof of slasher movies and their parades of gruesome deaths. Joe McDaniel directs this version of the show, which was originally helmed by Mick Napier. (The cast includes a veteran of the original production.) A $20 ticket price is suggested.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

Joseph Calleja as the Duke and Diana Damrau as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto
Photograph: Ken Howard

Met Stars Live in Concert: Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja

Saturday 1pm EDT / 6pm BST  (available for two weeks)
Even as it continues its nighty streams of full productions (see below), the Metropolitan Opera broadens its scope with a new series of live recitals every other weekend by top classical vocalists from around the world. In this sixth edition, soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Joseph Calleja perform arias and duets at Italy’s ornate Cappella Palatina of the Royal Palace of Caserta, accompanied by pianist Vincenzo Scalera. The program includes “Ave Maria” and selections from Tosca and Carmen. Christine Goerke hosts the broadcast, which is shot with multiple cameras and directed remotely by Gary Halvorston, who has overseen the Met’s Live in HD transmissions. Tickets cost $20, and each edition in the series remains viewable on demand for 14 days after the live performance.

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Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Heroes of the Fourth Turning

Saturday 2pm EDT and 8pm EDT / 7pm and 1am BST (live only)
The entire original cast of Will Arbery’s Heroes of the Fourth Turning, a portrait of deeply conservative alumni of a Catholic university in rural Wyoming, reunited for a benefit in July; now the gang gets back together for five more go-arounds in a virtual run produced by Jeremy O. Harris (Slave Play). Read more about it here. Arguably the best new play of 2019, Heroes was a finalist for this year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and it won the Best Play award from both the New York Drama Critics' Circle and the Lucille Lortel Awards. The  company of five comprises Jeb Kreager, Julia McDermott, Michele Pawk, Zoë Winters and John Zdrojeski. "Danya Taymor presides over a perfect production that left me with my heart in my mouth and my pen scrambling across the page," wrote Helen Shaw in her five-star Time Out review. Arbery’s plays are important explorations of language…His own family comes from this world, and he has clearly steeped long in its heady, often keenly intellectual poetry." As we gird ourselves for the upcoming election, Arbery's deep dive into religious right-wing worldviews seems more essential than ever. Tickets are free but donations are encouraged and the proceeds go to NYC theater artists.

Tonya Pinkins
Photograph: Tess Steinkolk

Molière in the Park: The School for Wives

Saturday 2pm and 7pm EDT / 7pm and midnight BST (available for four days) 
Last year marked the launch of a new series, Molière in the Park, dedicated to presenting the oeuvre of the great 17th-century French comic playwright in Prospect Park. Now director Lucie Tiberghien oversees a pair of free, back-to-back live virtual performances of Molière’s 1662 satire The School for Wives, in which a rich and foolish lecher grooms a teenage girl to be his perfect wife. The all-female cast, working from Richard Wilbur's translation, includes the indomitable Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, or Change) as well as Kaliswa Brewster, Cristina Pitter, Tamara Sevunts, Mirirai Sithole, Carolyn Michelle Smith and Corey Tazmania. Registration is required to watch the live performances; a recording of which will then be available on YouTube for four days.

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Skeleton Crew
Photograph: Ahron R. Foster

Atlantic Theater Company: Skeleton Crew

Saturday 2pm and 7pm EDT / 7pm and midnight BST (live only)
The Atlantic’s Fall Reading Series revisits a pair of the company’s notable past premieres. In the first of the two, Dominique Morisseau's meaty Skeleton Crew, four workers at a dying Detroit auto-parts plant are torn between strategies for survival. Most of the actors from the Atlantic’s 2015 production—Jason Dirden, Wendell B. Franklin, Nikiya Mathis and Adesola Osakulumi—return for this new go-around, joined this time by Caroline Clay. The play is firmly based in the lives and evocative language of its characters, whom director Ruben Santiago-Hudson and his cast treat with respect; they’re messed-up but decent people, driven by forces that may or may not be beyond their control. Viewing is free, but a donation of $25 is suggested. 

Erica Pereira and Daniel Ulbricht in The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Photograph: Paul Kolnik

New York City Ballet: Three Ballets by Balanchine

Saturday 2pm EDT / 7pm BST (available for one week)
As part of City Ballet’s month-long virtual fall season, the company is offering two family-friendly programs as Saturday matinees. This second one comprises George Balanchine’s Hans Christian Andersen–inspired The Steadfast Tin Soldier, the opening of Jerome Robbins’s orchestra-themed Fanfare, and two excerpts from Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, danced by students at the School of American Ballet.

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Michael Trusnovec in State of Darkness
Photograph: Mohamed Omar Sadek

Joyce Theater: State of Darkness

Saturday 5pm and 8pm EDT / 10pm and 1am BST (available through November 7)
The Joyce Theater hosts a continuous rotation of top dance companies from across the country and around the world, and during the shutdown it has shared many archival recordings of full-length productions from artists who have appeared there. Now, for the first time, it is streaming performances live from its actual stage. Over the course of two weekends, seven excellent dancers will perform separate versions of Molissa Fenley’s demanding 35-minute 1988 solo State of Darkness, which is set to Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” (Fenley has worked with all of the dancers personally for this project.) The performances cost $12 apiece, and remain viewable through November 7. Starting things off today are longtime Paul Taylor Dance Company principal Michael Trusnovec at 5pm and 2020 Juilliard graduate Jared Brown at 8pm.

Patti LuPone
Photograph: Jake Chessum

Live from the West Side: Patti LuPone

Saturday 7pm EDT / midnight BST (live only)
Thrillingly larger than life, Patti LuPone transports audiences to a world where drama is the norm. Having taken her rightful place as the reigning Broadway diva of her generation, she stamps her style with an implicit credo: all guts, all glory. In this show, performed live from the Shubert Studios in NYC, LuPone shares stories and songs (including, perhaps, a few from her signature stage roles in Gypsy, Evita and Anything Goes). Tickets cost $30, and you’ll have three days afterward to rewatch the performance if you like. (For $75, you can buy a pass to all three episodes of the Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway series, which benefits regional theaters across the country; future sets are by Laura Benanti and Vanessa Williams.)

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Pascale Armand
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Loading Dock: $#!thole Country Clapback

Saturday 7pm EDT / midnight BST (available for four days)
Actor-writer Pascale Armand (a Tony nominee for Eclipsed) wrestles with her family’s Haitian-American identity in a solo show conceived as a response to Donald Trump’s dismissive comments in 2018 about Haiti and other impoverished countries. Proceeds from the reading, directed by Kimille Howard for Brooklyn’s Loading Dock, benefit Friends of Haiti 2010.

Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy
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Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy

Saturday 7:30pm EDT / 12:30 BST (live only)
TheaterWorks Hartford and TheatreSquared join forces with the docutheater troupe the Civilians, one of NYC’s essential companies, for a digital production of Sarah Gancher’s original comedy (yes, comedy) about the kind of international internet chicanery that has helped make politics and social media such a cesspool in recent years. Inspired by transcripts of operations by the real-life, Russia-financed Internet Research Agency, the multimedia show is codirected by Jared Mezzocchi and Elizabeth Williamson and performed live for five successive nights by a cast that includes Danielle Slavick, Mia Katigbak, Haskell King, Ian Lassiter and Greg Keller. (A recorded version will then be available through November 2.) Tickets cost $20.20.

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Teagle.F. Bougere
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BRIC: Debate: Baldwin vs Buckley

Saturday 7:30pm EDT / 12:30am BST (live only)
Teagle F. Bougere and Eric T. Miller play James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr., respectively, in a virtual-theater re-creation of the literary lions’ notorious 1965 televised debate about civil rights in front of an English student audience at the Cambridge Union. (The topic: “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?”) Adapted and directed by Christopher McElroen for his company the american vicarious, the piece is performed live for free on three successive nights.

Sendhil Ramamurthy and Kavi Ladnie in Hatef**k
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Colt Coeur: Hatef**k

Saturday 8pm EDT / 1am BST (available for four days)
Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt and her company, Colt Coeur—which has an impressive track record in developing and presenting original work—continue their virtual fall season with a reprise of its 2019 world premiere of Rehana Lew Mirza’s Hatef**k, a two-hander that explores questions related to modern Muslim identity. The story centers on the fraught attraction between a novelist and a lit professor who accuses him of promoting harmful cultural stereotypes in his work. Campbell-Holt directs original cast members Kavi Ladnier and Sendhil Ramamurthy. Tickets start at $5.

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Joe Iconis
Photograph: Molly Hager

Stars in the House: We the People: America Rocks!

Saturday 8pm EDT / 1am BST 
How do you get kids to care about American civics? Dream up a rock musical in which the Founding Fathers are a boy band that inspires a young student running for class president. That's just what the youth-theater outfit Theatreworks USA did with its 2008 show We the People: America Rocks!, a cross between High School Musical and Schoolhouse Rock. The book by Joe Iconis (Be More Chill) integrates songs by multiple writers, including a new finale number; Gordon Greenberg directs this virtual edition, which was recorded on the stage of New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse with a cast that includes Rashidra Scott, Zach Piser, Josh Breckenridge, Orville Mendoza and Dan Rosales. The show premieres tonight on the Actors FUnd benefit series Stars in the House.

Metropolitan Playhouse: Vote the New Moon

Saturday 8pm EDT / 1am BST (available for four days)
The dramatic archaeologists of the Metropolitan Playhouse unearth Vote the New Moon, a 1920 one-act political parody of electoral politics by the poet Alfred Kreymborg. Alex Roe directs a cast that comprises Lisa Barnes, Matt Daniels, Ivanna Cullinan, Chris Harcum, Mark Hofmaier and Marty McDonough; the half-hour virtual reading is followed by a talkback.

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Jason Suran
Photograph: Alex Knight

Jason Suran: Reconnected

Saturday 8:30pm EDT / 1:30am BST (live only)
Zoom has proved surprisingly fertile territory for magicians of various kinds during the shutdown period. Now the highly skilled New York mentalist Jason Suran (The Other Side) joins the virtual party with an intimate evening of psychological diversions that he will perform in person once safety guidelines permit it. Tickets cost $50; the show is currently in previews, and officially “opens” on November 14.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25

Annique Roberts in State of Darkness
Annique Roberts in State of Darkness
Photograph: Mohamed Omar Sadek

Joyce Theater: State of Darkness

Sunday 5pm and 8pm EDT / 10pm and 1am BST (available through November 7)
The Joyce Theater hosts a continuous rotation of top dance companies from across the country and around the world, and during the shutdown it has shared many archival recordings of full-length productions from artists who have appeared there. Now, for the first time, it is streaming performances live from its actual stage. Over the course of two weekends, seven excellent dancers perform separate versions of Molissa Fenley’s demanding 35-minute 1988 solo State of Darkness, which is set to Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” (Fenley has worked with all of the dancers personally for this project.) The performances cost $12 apiece, and remain viewable through November 7. Today’s live performers are Ronald K. Brown/Evidence member Annique Roberts at 5pm and performance artist (and 2020 Guggenheim fellow) Shamel Pitts at 8pm. 

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The Doo Wop Project
The Doo Wop Project
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

The Doo Wop Project: Live In Your Living Room

Sunday 7pm EDT / midnight BST (live only)
The touring production The Doo Wop Project traces the musical genre from its early pop years through Motown and beyond, applying it even to modern pop hits by the likes of Amy Winehouse and Maroon 5. Now the show takes its harmonies online in a live concert performed from midtown’s Shubert Studios with a cast that includes Tony nominee Charl Brown (Motown: The Musical) as well as  Dwayne Cooper, John Michael Dias, Russell Fischer, Dominic Nolfi and Santino Paladino. The $25 tickets come with a “dancing guarantee” for a refund if the show doesn’t bring you to your feet.

Jessica Vosk
Jessica Vosk
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Broadway Sings for Biden

Sunday 7pm EDT /midnight BST 
Young Broadway pros break out the blue notes in a virtual edition of Corey Mach's Broadway Sings concert series, featuring arrangements of pop and theater hits by ace musical director Joshua Stephen Kartes. Performers on the stage of the East Village’s Kraine Theatrer include Jessica Vosk, Tamika Lawrence, Kate Rockwell, Keri René Fuller, Mary Kate Morrissey, Kyle Taylor Parker, Dee Roscioli, Raena White and Mach himself. Proceeds benefit the Biden campaign.

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k.d. lang
k.d. lang
Photograph: Matt Duboff

The 519 Virtual Annual Gala

Sunday 7:30pm EDT / 12:30am BST (live only)
The annual fundraising gala for Toronto’s major LGBTQ+ center, the 519, goes online with a lineup of major performers: Patti LuPone, k.d. lang, Ben Vereen, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Alan Cumming, Louise Pitre, Carole Pope, Barenaked Ladies, John Alcorn, Molly Johnson, Billy Newton-Davis, Jackie Richardson, Lorraine Segato and Theo Tams. Full tickets cost a hefty $150 Canadian (about $112 in IU.S. buck), but there’s a pay-what-you-can option as well. The event will be rebroadcast early tomorrow afternoon for those who can’t catch it tonight.

LaChanze
LaChanze
Photograph: Dirty Sugar

The Seth Concert Series: LaChanze

Sunday 8pm EDT / 1am BST (live only)
Seth Rudetsky’s intimate chat-and-sing series at the Art House in Provincetown has drawn top Broadway stars to the tip of the Cape for nearly a decade. He knows exactly what stories and songs people need to hear from each of his A-list guests, and now he brings the magic online in a weekly series that uses a new approach to sound design to make it possible to accompany his guests in real time. Joining him is the single-named, multitalented LaChanze, who is widely beloved in the Broadway world for her performances in musicals including Once on This Island, The Color Purple and If/Then. Virtual tickets cost $25; tonight's live edition will be recorded and rerun tomorrow at 3pm.

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Debbie Gravitte
Debbie Gravitte
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Broadway Sings For On Stage At Kingsborough 

Sunday 8pm EDT / 1am BST (live only)
Broadway stars re-create some of the numbers they performed on the Great White Way in this virtual concert from Brooklyn’s On Stage at Kingsborough, which streams separately four times this week. (Tickets are pay-what-you-can.) Among the performers are Debbie Gravitte, Bryce Pinkham, Christine Andreas, Hugh Panaro, Jarrod Spector and Kelli Barrett, LaKisha Jones, Morgan James, Dee Roscioli, Alli Mauzey and Syndee Winters.

Brian Nash
Brian Nash
Photograph: Robb Sapp/Dirty Sugar Photography

Brian Nash

Sunday 8pm EDT / 1am BST 
A wizard at the piano and an ace musical director, Brian Nash is also an exuberant showman when he takes the mic himself—as he usually does on Sunday nights at the Duplex in the West Village, where he has held court for the past decade or so. Tonight he brings the magic to Facebook Live in a weekly virtual concert. In lieu of a tip jar, you can Venmo him at @BrianJNash. (If you do it in advance, feel free to include a request.)

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Ryan Spahn
Ryan Spahn
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Vineyard Theatre: Lessons in Survival

Sunday 8:30pm EDT / 1:30am BST (available for 18 hours)
The Commissary, a new group of 40 artists now collectively in virtual residence at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre, presents Lessons in Survival, a series conceived by Marin Ireland, Peter Mark Kendall, Tyler Thomas and Reggie D. White. In each installment, actors with earpieces channel historic speeches, interviews and conversations in real time, directed by Tyler Thomas. Eight performances and four live “open rehearsals” are scheduled through November 1, with free public forums on YouTube every Sunday to discuss the work. Single tickets start at $9; a $60 all-access pass will let you watch every episode on an extended viewing page (through November 15). Tonight’s sixth edition, This Country's My Problem and Your Problem, features Dan Butler, Yonatan Gebeyehu, Nana Mensah and Ryan Spahn speaking words by James Baldwin, Toni Morrison and interviewers R.H. Darden and Charlie Rose.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26

Dianne McIntyre
Photograph: Larry Coleman

The American Dance Guild Performance Festival: 10 Years Over 10 Weeks

Monday (available for one week)
Each year, the American Dance Guild honors prominent modern dance figures with awards for Distinguished Artistry and Lifetime Achievement. For its virtual incarnation this fall, ADG is offering a survey of the past decade, with archival recordings every week that celebrate the work of each year’s honorees. The videos are free but donations are invited. The inaugural episode looks back to 2012 and features salutes to Elaine Summers and Dianne McIntyre.

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k.d. lang
Photograph: Matt Duboff

The 519 Virtual Annual Gala

Monday 1pm EDT / 6pm BST (live only)
The annual fundraising gala for Toronto’s major LGBTQ+ center, the 519, goes online with a lineup of major performers: Patti LuPone, k.d. lang, Ben Vereen, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Alan Cumming, Louise Pitre, Carole Pope, Barenaked Ladies, John Alcorn, Molly Johnson, Billy Newton-Davis, Jackie Richardson, Lorraine Segato and Theo Tams. Full tickets cost a hefty $150 Canadian (about $112 in IU.S. buck), but there’s a pay-what-you-can option as well. The event will be rebroadcast early tomorrow afternoon for those who can’t catch it tonight.

Nathan Darrow
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Food for Thought 

Monday 2pm EDT / 7pm BST (live only)
The longevous lunch-theater series Food for Thought essays live performances with actual, in-person monthly readings at Theatre 80 in the East Village—but since only 25 people can actually be in the audience, the event is also being shared via Zoom. To reserve tickets, you must call or email in advance; in a strange twist, it’s free to see the show at the theater—en masque, of course—but watching it online costs $25. The October edition stars Nathan Darrow, Ebony Jo-Ann and Jordan Baker in When Truth Is Not Enough, an original work about voting rights by Food for Thought creator Susan Charlotte. Antony Marsellis directs.

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LaChanze
Photograph: Dirty Sugar

The Seth Concert Series: LaChanze

Monday 3pm EDT / 8pm BST (live only)
Seth Rudetsky’s intimate chat-and-sing series at the Art House in Provincetown has drawn top Broadway stars to the tip of the Cape for nearly a decade. He knows exactly what stories and songs people need to hear from each of his A-list guests, and now he brings the magic online in a weekly series that uses a new approach to sound design to make it possible to accompany his guests in real time. Joining him is the single-named, multitalented LaChanze, who is widely beloved in the Broadway world for her performances in musicals including Once on This Island, The Color Purple and If/Then. Virtual tickets cost $25; last night’s live edition at 8pm was recorded and is being rerun today. 

The Antelope Party
Photograph: Jean Ann Douglass

Dutch Kills Theater Company: The Antelope Party

Monday 6:30pm EDT / 11:30pm BST (available for four days)
In Eric John Meyer's comic drama, directed by Jess Chayes (Home/Sick), five friends united by a seemingly harmless love of My Little Pony get caught up in dynamics from outside their Brony bubble. Dutch Kills’s production of the play was in tech when the shutdown hit; now the company presents a virtual reading of it. DOnations of any size will get you a ticket. (A portion of the proceeds will go to voting-rights organizations.)

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Kristin Yancy
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New York Theatre Barn: Choreography Lab

Monday 7pm EDT / midnight BST
New York Theatre Barn provides weekly refuge for stage lovers in its Wednesday-night New Works series, which highlights musicals-in-progress. Here the company applies that model to dance in a live hour-long program, New Technologies/Endless Possibilities, that pairs two emerging choreographers, Tuan Malinowski and Kristin Yancy, with more established mentors to work on excerpts from the as-yet-unstaged shows I Don’t Want to Talk About It and Sueños: Our American Musical.

Renea Brown
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Quintessence Theatre Group: Shout into the Void

Monday 7pm EDT / midnight BST (available for four days)
Philly’s classical-minded Quintessence Theatre Group continues its month-long series of weekly readings with Alice Childress’s 1966 drama Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White, which depicts the challenges faced by an interracial couple in 1918. Cheryl Lynn Bruce directs; tickets cost $10.

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Adrian Danchig-Waring and Joseph Gordon in Lar Lubovitch's Concerto Six Twenty-Two
Photograph: Christopher Duggan

New York City Center: Fall for Dance Festival 2020

Monday 7:30pm EDT / 12:30am BST (available through November 1)
City Center's super-affordable annual Fall for Dance Festival is always a feast for dance lovers, with lineups packed with international superstars and local favorites. The problem is, it tends to sell out instantly. This year, that’s not a problem. The two excellent programs in this year’s virtual edition include four commissioned world premieres; each bill costs $15 and remains viewable until November 1. (The first one premiered on October 21.) On tonight’s roster are Ashley Bouder, Tiler Peck and Brittany Pollack in excerpts from George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Adrian Danchig-Waring and Joseph Gordon in Lar Lubovitch Duet from Concerto Six Twenty-Two, and two premieres: Dormeshia’s Lady Swings the Blues and American Ballet Theatre’s Calvin Royal III in a solo by Kyle Abraham.

Monday Night Magic
Photograph: Michael Wartell

Monday Night Magic: Live Online

Monday 8pm EDT / 1am BST (live only)
For more than two decades, the proudly old-school Monday Night Magic has offered a different lineup of professional tricksters every week. It is an heir to the vaudeville tradition; many of the acts incorporate comedic elements, and audience participation is common. In contrast to some fancier magic shows, this one feels like comfort food: an all-you-can-eat buffet to which you’re encouraged to return until you’re as stuffed as a hat full of rabbits. The virtual edition of the series features two live performers every week as well as video highlights from past shows at the Players Theater. Tickets cost $20–$35. The magicians in this first episode are Dave Chandler and perennial favorite Chris Capehart.

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Laura Osnes
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Jim Caruso's Pajama Cast Party

Monday 8pm EDT / 1am BS
Part cabaret, part piano bar and part social set, Birdland's long-running Monday-night open mic Cast Party offers a chance to hear rising and established talents step up to the spotlight. The waggish Jim Caruso presides as host, and now he brings the show online via YouTube. This week’s guest list includes Broadway leading lady Laura Osnes (Cinderella), designer and raconteur Isaac Mizrahi, nightclub pianist-crooner Billy Stritch and singer Monica Mancini. The show is free, but tips are appreciated (Venmo: @Jim-Caruso-1).

Keith Nelson
Photograph: Maike Schulz

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show: Quarantine Edition

Monday 8pm EDT / 1am BST (available for one week)
Mounted by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus gang, this exhibition of curious human endeavors features everything from stripping clowns to heavy-metal magicians. A remote edition of the vaudevillian variety pageant now hits YouTube every week. Bindlestiff’s Keith Nelson plays host. Contributions are welcome via Venmo (@BindlestiffFamilyCirkus).

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Michael West in Newsical the Musical
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Lied Center: NEWSical the Musical

Monday 8:15pm EDT / 12:15am BST (available through November 2)
Rick Crom’s bouncy, long-running Off Broadway satirical revue of politics and pop culture, directed by Mark Waldrop, was performed live in late September for a masked, limited-capacity audience at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska. Now a recording of that show is being streamed for one week. Newsical pillar Michael West heads up a cast that also includes Taylor Crousore, Amy Hillner Larsen and Carly Sakolove. Tickets cost $8; some of the proceeds go to the Lied Center and the Actors Fund. 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27

Harriet Harris
Photograph: Simon Pauly

George Street Playhouse: Conscience 

Tuesday (available through October 30)
The original cast of Joe DiPietro’s Conscience, which ran only briefly at New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse before being forced to shut down in March, returns for a virtual rendition of the play. The always compelling Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie) stars as U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith, who spoke out against McCarthyism in 1950. David Saint directs the production, which costars Lee Sellers, Mark Junek and Cathryn Wake. 

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Isabella Rossellini
Photograph: Jody Shapiro

Isabella Rossellini: Sex and Consequences 

Tuesday 4am EDT / 9am BST (live only)
Silver-screen fascination object Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet) digs into questions of biodiversity and reproduction in an comedic 40-minute show (created with help from Paul Magid) that she is live-streaming from her own farm with cameo appearances by some of the animals there. A 20-minute talkback follows each of the four performances in the run; this performance, timed for international audiences, is the final one. Tickets cost $15. 

CyberTank Fast & Furious Afternoon Action Hour

Tuesday 4pm EDT / 9pm BST 
The Tank, one of NYC’s premiere incubators of emerging talent, rolls forward with a weekly multidisciplinary variety show and discussion group, in which artists are welcome to participate remotely. This politics-themed edition, Amplifying Activists Together, is led by EllaRose Chary.

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Roslyn Ruff
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Signature Theatre: The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead

Tuesday 6pm EDT / 11pm BST (available for four days)
Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) began her residency at the Signature with a 2016 revival of her 1990 postmodern riff on African-American icons and stereotypes. Now the company streams a free, live reunion reading with actors Brittany Bellizeare, William Demeritt, Patrena Murray, Reynaldo Piniella, Julian Rozzell, Roslyn Ruff, Mirirai Sithole, David Ryan Smith, Daniel J. Watts, Jamar Williams and Amelia Workman. “This is not an easy play to dissect or digest, with diverse influences that suggest Gertrude Stein, Adrienne Kennedy, Samuel Beckett and Glenn Ligon,” wrote David Cote in his Time Out review. “It’s a jagged, angry, weird text, yet director Lileana Blain-Cruz stages it in high style, with a skin-prickling soundscape and a raft of brave in-your-face performances.” A talkback with Parks, the cast and director Lileana Blain-Cruz follows the performance. 

Robert Cuccioli
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Irish Repertory Theatre: A Touch of the Poet

Tuesday 7pm EDT / midnight BST (live only)
After a successful summer season of virtual offerings, the Irish Rep returns with a slate for the fall. The third offering is an online version of the production it was meant to have opened in person in the spring: a revival of Eugene O'Neill’s A Touch of the Poet, directed by Ciarán O'Reilly. In the 1930s, O'Neill labored over a series of plays that charted an Irish-American family from the 1800s to the present day, but he only completed this one. Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde) stars as a poor immigrant trying to preserve his illusions of gentility; the cast also includes Kate Forbes, Belle Aykroyd and Mary McCann. Advance registration is required, and a donation of $25 is suggested for those who can afford it.

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Celine Song
Photograph: Matthew Dunivan

New York Theatre Workshop: The Seagull on the Sims 4 (Acts 1 and 2)

Tuesday 7pm EDT / midnight BST (live only)
Playwright Celine Song (Endlings) takes to the gaming platform Twitch with  a version of The Seagull—Anton Chekhov's gloomy 1896 meditation on art, sex and misery—that she has somehow adapted for live performance via the video game Sims 4. Song takes on the first half of the play tonight and the second half tomorrow.

Ben Cameron
Photograph: Jason Weston/Dirty Sugar

Times Square Alliance: Broadway Buskers

Tuesday 7pm EDT / midnight BST
Broadway booster Ben Cameron curates and hosts this platform for talented musical-theater singer-songwriters, usually held live outdoors in Times Square but now streaming every Tuesday in crowdless and Elmo-free virtual space. This week, the spotlight shines on Juwan Crawley, Cheeyang Ng and Anthony Norman.

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Kelli O'Hara
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New York Pops: Kelli O’Hara 

Tuesday at 7:30 pm EST / 12:30am BST (available for one week) 
Broadway's golden-voiced Kelli O’Hara has made a graceful transition from dramatic ingenue (The Light in the Piazza) to top-tier leading lady (The King & I), earning six Tony nominations and one win along the way. Now, the exquisitely poised performer performs a benefit concert for the New York Pops, backed by Dan Lipton at the piano. The event is hosted by Pops poppa Steven Reineke, who also chats with the singer after the show. Tickets start at $20.

Sidra Bell: pixelation in a wave (Within Wires)
Photograph: Erin Baiano

New York City Ballet: Festival of New Choreography

Tuesday 8pm EDT / 1am BST
City Ballet’s month-long virtual fall season concludes with a bang: a festival of five world premieres, the first four of which were filmed by director Ezra Hurwitz in locations around New York City. The offerings are all free to watch and will remain viewable indefinitely. A new one rolls out every night through Saturday, and each premiere is followed by a discussion with the artists. Kicking off the series is the first commissioned work by a black woman in the history of the company: Sidra Bell’s pixelation in a wave (Within Wires), set to original music by her father, Dennis Bell, and featuring dancers  Ghaleb Kayali, Emily Kikta, Mira Nadon and Peter Walker.

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Crystal Dickinson
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Vineyard Theatre: Lessons in Survival

Tuesday 8:30pm EDT / 1:30am BST (available for 18 hours)
The Commissary, a new group of 40 artists now collectively in virtual residence at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre, presents Lessons in Survival, a series conceived by Marin Ireland, Peter Mark Kendall, Tyler Thomas and Reggie D. White. In each installment, actors with earpieces channel historic speeches, interviews and conversations in real time, directed by Tyler Thomas. Eight performances and four live “open rehearsals” are scheduled through November 1, with free public forums on YouTube every Sunday to discuss the work. Single tickets start at $9; a $60 all-access pass will let you watch every episode on an extended viewing page (through November 15). Tonight’s seventh edition, Lie to Me, features Kalyne Coleman, Crystal Dickinson and Reggie White channeling the voices of James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni in 1971.

Hugh Jackman
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MPTF: Reel Stories, Real Lives

Tuesday 9:30pm EDT / 2:30am BST (live only)
Hugh Jackman hosts this ninth annual benefit evening for the Motion Picture & Television Fund, the screen performers’ equivalent of the Actors Fund. Angela Bassett, Jason Bateman and Danai Gurira tell the stories of real people whose lives have been helped by MPTF.

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Dementia
Photograph: Christopher Ash

Latino Theater Company: Dementia

Tuesday 10pm EDT / 3am BST (available through November 5)
L.A.’s Latino Theater Company shares a free archival recording of its 2010 revival of Evelina Fernández's 2002 drama Dementia, which takes on such hot-button issues as homosexuality, AIDS, teen pregnancy and euthanasia. José Luis Valenzuela directs a cast of seven.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28

Randall King with cigarette
Photograph: Daniel Garcia

San Jose Stage Company: Night of the Living Dead

Wednesday (available through October 31)
San Jose Stage Company gets into the virtual Halloween action with an adaptation of George A. Romero and John Russo’s screenplay for the classic 1968 fright flick Night of the Living Dead, in which people in a Pennsylvania farmhouse try, without much luck, to avoid being eaten by zombies. Tickets cost $40.

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Playful Substance
Photograph: Bree O'Connor

It Can’t Happen Here

Wednesday 1pm EDT / 6pm BST (available through November 1)
The long-lived National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene joins a diverse group of eight other NYC companies for a free virtual reading of John C. Moffitt and Sinclair Lewis’s 1936 play It Can’t Happen Here, adapted from Lewis’s satirical novel about the rise of demagoguery and fascism in America. Some 60 actors perform the text in six languages: English, Yiddish, Spanish, Italian, Turkish and Hebrew. Participating groups include Israeli Artists Project, Kairos Italy Theater, New Heritage Theatre Group/Impact Repertory Theatre, New York Classical Theatre, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Playful Substance, Repertorio Español and Turkish American Repertory Theater and Entertainment.

Robert Myles
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

The Show Must Go Online: The Winter’s Tale

Wednesday 2pm EDT / 7pm BST
The brainchild of U.K. actor Robert Myles, The Show Must Go Online has been presenting free weekly Zoom readings of every one of Shakespeare’s plays—in what is believed to be the order in which they were written—since the beginning of the shutdown crisis in March. The group has now reached the set of shows written in the early 17th century. This week’s offering is The Winter’s Tale, the Bard's bittersweet portrait of love, jealousy, error, repentance, angry bears and very lifelike statuary.

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Robert Cuccioli
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Irish Repertory Theatre: A Touch of the Poet

Wednesday 3pm and 8pm EDT / 8pm and 1am BST (live only)
After a successful summer season of virtual offerings, the Irish Rep returns with a slate for the fall. The third offering is an online version of the production it was meant to have opened in person in the spring: a revival of Eugene O'Neill’s A Touch of the Poet, directed by Ciarán O'Reilly. In the 1930s, O'Neill labored over a series of plays that charted an Irish-American family from the 1800s to the present day, but he only completed this one. Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde) stars as a poor immigrant trying to preserve his illusions of gentility; the cast also includes Kate Forbes, Belle Aykroyd and Mary McCann. Advance registration is required, and a donation of $25 is suggested for those who can afford it.

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Eliza Bent in Karen, I Said
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Karen, I Said

Wednesday 6pm EDT / 11pm BST (live only)
Downtown writer-performer Eliza Bent dives into the brackish waters of competitive white wokeness is a solo virtual performance piece directed by Tara Ahmedinejad. The show is performed four times this week; tickets cost $5–$30 and a portion of the proceeds go to Brave Space Alliance, a Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ center in Chicago.

Evening at the Talk House
Photograph: Monique Carboni

New Group: Evening at the Talk House

Wednesday 7pm EDT / midnight BST (available through November 29)
Off Broadway’s New Group continues its Reunion Reading Series with back-to-back live performances of two plays by Wallace Shawn. Although Shawn may be best known for his adorable persona as a character actor (inconceivable!), he is cherished by theater fans as the author of such smart, dark and menacing plays as Aunt Dan and Lemon (which the New Group is performing tomorrow) and The Designated Mourner. In the sneakily dystopian Evening at the Talk House, Matthew Broderick stars as a playwright in a totalitarian state; the supporting cast comprises Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Larry Pine, Claudia Shear, John Epperson, Annapurna Sriram and Shawn himself, directed by Scott Elliott. “Staged with sly humor and creeping perversity by Elliott, Talk House is elliptical, weird stuff,” wrote David Cote in his 2017 Time Out review. “I had the uncanny sensation that Shawn has turned his theatrical nightmares into our waking reality.” Tickets start at $10.

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Kerry Butler
Photograph: Andrew Eccles

Ogunquit Playhouse: A Very Brady Musical

Wednesday 7pm EDT / midnight BST (available for four days) 
We are all Bradys now, thanks to Zoom, so why not add a little song and dance? Maine’s Ogunquit Playhouse streams a virtual benefit performance of the new tuner A Very Brady Musical, a lightly irreverent but very authorized adaptation of The Brady Bunch written by the children and son-in-law of series creator Sherwood Schwartz: Lloyd Schwartz, Hope Juber and Laurence Juber. Broadway pros Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins) and Kerry Butler (Xanadu) play blended-family parents Mike and Carol, and the trumpet-voiced Klea Blackhurt is the ever-cheerful Alice. Original Brady boys Brian Williams and Christopher Knight make good-natured cameos. Tickets start at $20.

The Fortune Teller at HERE
Photograph: Benjamin Heller

HERE: The Fortune Teller

Wednesday 7pm EDT / midnight BST (available for 60 days)
Once a month, the vital downtown arts complex HERE screens recordings of some of its past successes in Facebook watch parties. This time, Erik Sanko and Jessica Grindstaff's well-received 2006 miniature marionette thriller The Fortune Teller (recorded at HERE in 2010) returns to tantalize us with a Danny Elfman score and a Gorey-esque Victorian aesthetic.

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Celine Song
Photograph: Matthew Dunivan

New York Theatre Workshop: The Seagull on the Sims 4 (Acts 3 and 4)

Wednesday 7pm EDT / midnight BST (live only)
Playwright Celine Song (Endlings) takes to the gaming platform Twitch with  a version of The Seagull—Anton Chekhov's gloomy 1896 meditation on art, sex and misery—that she has somehow adapted for live performance via the video game Sims 4. Song took on the first half of the play last night; tonight she tackles the second half.

Georgina Escobar
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

New York Theatre Barn: New Works

Wednesday 7pm EDT / midnight BST
In this weekly 45-minute show, New York Theatre Barn's development series Zooms in on musicals-in-progress. This week’s selections are Sara Wordsworth, Russ Kaplan and Daniel John Kelley mother-daughter story The Clearwaters, and Robi Hager and Georgina Escobar’s Little Duende, about an elf on a rescue quest tat mirrors real-world immigration issues.

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Russell Janzen of NYCB in Pam Tanowitz’s Solo for Russell: Sites 1-5.
Photograph: Erin Baiano

New York City Ballet: Festival of New Choreography

Wednesday 8pm EDT / 1am BST
City Ballet’s month-long virtual fall season concludes with a bang: a festival of five world premieres, filmed by director Ezra Hurwitz in locations around New York City. The offerings are free to watch and will remain viewable indefinitely. A new one rolls out every night through Saturday, and each premiere is followed by a discussion with the artists. Tonight’s installment stars Russell Janzen in Pam Tanowitz’s tailor-made Solo for Russell: Sites 1-5, which featURES Ann Kim on the cello.

Melba Moore
Photograph: Marget Long

All Arts: Women of Color on Broadway

Wednesday 8pm EDT / 1am BST 
The House Seats series of WNET’s All Arts wing premieres its recording of a February concert at the Cooper Union’s Great Hall, mounted by the nonprofit Women of Color on Broadway in honor of Black musical-theater stars Melba Moore (Purlie) and LaChanze (Once on This Island). Performers include Moore (performing “I Got Love”) as well as Celia Rose Gooding, Kimberly Marable, Kuhoo Verma, Aléna Watters, Anastacia McCleskey, Barbara Douglas, Darlesia Cearcy, Kayla Davion, Linah Sta. Ana, Alexia Sielo and Genesis Collado.

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TL Thompson
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Vineyard Theatre: Lessons in Survival

Wednesday 8:30pm EDT / 1:30am BST (available for 18 hours)
The Commissary, a new group of 40 artists now collectively in virtual residence at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre, presents the first week of Lessons in Survival, a new series conceived by Marin Ireland, Peter Mark Kendall, Tyler Thomas and Reggie D. White. In each installment, actors with earpieces channel historic speeches, interviews and conversations in real time, directed by Tyler Thomas. Eight performances and four live “open rehearsals” are scheduled for October, with free public forums on YouTube every Sunday to discuss the work. Single tickets start at $9; a $60 all-access pass will let you watch every episode on an extended viewing page (through November 15). Tonight’s fourth edition, The Old Leadership is Dead, features Kyle Beltran, Yonatan Gebeyehu and TL Thompson speaking words by Bayard Rustin.

THEATER MULTIPLEXES

Hamilton
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Highlights of the lockdown

Most of this content that gets listed on this page is only available live or for a limited time, but some of it remains viewable indefinitely. As a supplement to our daily listings, here is the permanent collection: musicals, plays, dance works, cabaret sets, awards nights, special events more that have been released online since March and that you can still watch or rewatch at your leisure.

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Clare Halse in 42nd Street
Photograph: Courtesy Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

The best musicals now on BroadwayHD

The streaming service BroadwayHD offers roughly 300 whole, high-quality, professionally filmed live theater performances from Broadway, London's West End and beyond, including 42nd StreetThe King and I, Bob Fosse's Pippin and Hugh Jackman in Oklahoma! For new subscribers, the first week is free. Here are the musicals currently featured there that you won't want to miss.

The 35 best Tony Awards performances of all time

Theater

The Tony Awards provide a national showcase and public record of performances that are otherwise local and fleeting, and the most memorable numbers from Broadway musicals on the Tonys can echo in theater history for decades to come. But which are the best of the best? We've surveyed every televised number from a nominated musical or musical revival since the very first Tony telecast in 1967 to create this list of the all-time classics.

ONGOING RUNS

Noah Levine
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Atlas Obscura: Backstage with a Magician

For several years now, the engaging trickster Noah Levine has been performing Magic After Hours, an evening of cozy evening of prestidigitation held at the city’s oldest magic shop, Tannen’s, after closing time. Since cramming 20 people into a tiny room is not currently an option, Levine has teamed up with Atlas Obscura for a new show, Backstage with a Magician, that he performs from home four times a week (Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays) for a maximum of 10 households at a time. Expect an entertaining shuffle of audience interaction, close-up magic and magic history. Tickets cost $25 per device; bring a deck of cards, a rubber band, a marker and 15 socks to take full advantage of the home-participation element.

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Shirley Jordan
Photograph: Joanna DeGeneres

Jocunda Festival

The Riant Theatre, best known for its Strawberry One-Act Festival, now offers several Zoom readings each week as part of its ongoing Jocunda Music, Film and Theatre Festival. Tickets cost $15 and advance reservations are required; conversations with the playwright and cast usually follow the performance.