Ten Live Theater Events

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Broadway theaters are closed until at least May 31, but theater fans can revel in the following ten upcoming live-streaming treats, including The Best Man, It Can’t Happen Here and Race.

Today, October 13

7 pm ET: See performances by the cast of Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations, plus a conversation moderated by Whoopi Goldberg with Temptations founder Otis Williams and the musical’s Tony-nominated book writer Dominique Morisseau. Stream it free at AintTooProudMusical.com/amex or right here:

8 pm ET: Dozens of non-Broadway theaters have teamed up to present Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here, produced originally on Broadway in 1936. The play, following the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the US by promising to return the country to greatness, stars David Strathairn and David Kelly. From Berkeley Rep, it’s being presented as a radio play on YouTube. Today’s stream will be followed by a Q&A with the creative team, and the entire production will be available on demand through Sunday, November 8.  

It Can't Happen Here, streaming

Wednesday, October 14

8 pm ET: A Pep Rally in support of the Biden-Harris campaign will include Joel Grey, Donna Murphy, Harolyn Blackwell, James Monroe Iglehart, Telly Leung, Lesli Margherita, Patti Murin, Brandon Uranowitz, Zachary Prince, Leslie Uggams, and cast members of Beetlejuice. Stream it free at bpn.fm/PepRally or right here:

8 pm ET: A reading of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man with Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Zachary Quinto, Vanessa Williams, Stacy Keach, Phylicia Rashad, Reed Birney, Katie Finneran and Elizabeth Ashley. It will be directed by Michael Wilson, who staged the 2012 Broadway revival. To attend, contribute $5 or more to The Actor’s Fund by buying a ticket at TodayTix.com.  

The Best Man, streaming

The Best Man will kick off a series of Broadway’s Best Shows weekly play readings (skipping the weeks of Election Day and Thanksgiving) through December 3, as follows:  

Tuesday, October 20

Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth, with Lucas Hedges, Paul Mescal and Grace Van Patten, directed by Lila Neugebauer.   

This is Our Youth, streaming

Thursday, October 29

Phylicia Rashad directs David Mamet’s Race, with David Alan Grier and Richard Thomas recreating their Broadway roles. They’ll be joined by Ed O’Neill and Alicia Stith.

Race play, streaming

Thursday, November 12

Patti LuPone, Rebecca Pidgeon and Sophia Macy star in David Mamet’s Boston Marriage, with Mamet himself directing.

Boston Marriage, streaming

Thursday, November 19

A world premiere of Neil LaBute’s adaptation of Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya, starring Alan Cumming in the title role. With  Constance Wu, Samira Wiley, K. Todd Freeman, Anson Mount, Mia Katigbak, Manik Choksi and Ellen Burstyn.

Uncle Vanya, Neil Labute

Thursday, December 3

A reunion of the original Broadcast cast — Laura Linney, Alicia Silverstone, Eric Bogosian, and Brian D’Arcy James – and director Daniel Sullivan for the 10th anniversary of Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still

Time Stands Still, streaming

Thursday, December 10

Robert O’ Hara’s Barbecue, with Laurie Metcalf, Carrie Coon, Colman Domingo, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tamberla Perry, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Heather Simms, David Morse, Kristine Nielsen and Annie McNamara. O’Hara will direct.

Barbecue play, streaming



About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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