Theater to be broadcast: "Hamlet" and a triptych by Tracy Letts

One of the most popular autumn theater tickets is in London. But audiences elsewhere will be able to see the show without boarding a pl...


One of the most popular autumn theater tickets is in London. But audiences elsewhere will be able to see the show without boarding a plane, or even leaving their sofa.

As part of its Best Seat in Your House initiative, the Young Vic will broadcast live four performances of Greg Hersov’s in-person production of “Hamlet,” starring Cush Jumbo in the title role. Fans of the “Line of Duty” series will be delighted to see Adrian Dunbar – the Gaffer! – like Claude. October 28-30; youngvic.org.

This type of business isn’t the only one, as more and more performances – and live audiences – are coming back inside. Streaming continues to make many shows accessible beyond any cinema; here are a few to come.

Movies – even improbable (hello, “King Kong”) – regularly make the jump on stage, but adaptations of television shows are rarer. Many tend to involve reenactments of specific episodes in more or less authorized parodies, with “The Addams Family” being a notable exception. Neither a tribute nor a musical, it is perhaps a novelty: a theatrical spinoff of a long-standing television success. It is from the series creator, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, and is set around the 2020 election. October 15-24; theater2.org.

The East West Players, based in Los Angeles, have been presenting Asian American and Pacific Islander experiences on stage since 1965. For Lavina Jadhwani’s ambitious new project, the company has partnered with EnActe Arts in San Francisco and Hypokrit Productions in New York. The tripartite show, directed by Reena Dutt, takes a fresh look at the Hindu epic “The Ramayana” by centering it on the character of Sita, who marries the god Rama. 25 Sep-Oct 17; eastwestplayers.org.

One of the weirdest online theatrical experiences of 2020 was a spreadsheet party during the Corkscrew 4.0 festival. Now, more people will have the chance to be perplexed, thrilled, or both, as they try to navigate Ruth Tang and Sarah Blush’s bonkers project, this time presented by theater incubator New Georges which sparks attention. reflection. The show is interactive, although it’s very easy to just be a wallflower, and maybe you will be better than me at knowing what to do. (It turns out that one can be as inept at navigating a virtual party as in person.) September 17-20; newgeorges.org.

Six Los Angeles institutions have teamed up to present this Latin theater festival: the Latino Theater Company; East Los Angeles College; Company of Angels; Teatro Luna West; Casa 0101 Theater / Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme; and A Place Called Home Theater. The performances are subtitled in Spanish, and among the intriguing offerings is a selection of excerpts from John Leguizamo’s monologues: How will they fare without Leguizamo’s enormous personality to propel them? Sep 16-25; apch.org.

Fringe festivals can be best experienced online. It is easier to take risks on random shows because if they are terrible it is less noticeable to run for the digital output. This year’s edition of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival is both in-person and virtual, with offerings like the interactive “Saving Wonderland,” which revisits Lewis Carroll through game technology. Until October 4; fringearts.com.

And in Australia, Melbourne is on lockdown, but its fringe festival is moving online. You might want to check out “Lockdown Love Stories,” Dating During a Pandemic (which is about as safe as throwing a theater festival), and “Body Horror,” inspired fear movies from the 1970s and 1980s. Sep 30-Oct 17; melbournefringe.com.au.

The playwright, actor and member of the Steppenwolf Theater gives back to this prestigious company with three short plays online. Rainn Wilson performs the monologue “Night Safari”; William Petersen (yes, that William Petersen, the star of “CSI”, who first appeared on a Steppenwolf show in 1980) and Karen Rodriguez the star of “The Old Country”; and Letts himself drives “The Stretch”. And if you’re in Chicago in November or December, Letts’ wife Carrie Coon stars in a revival of his psycho-thriller “Bug” edited by David Cromer. 29 Sep-Oct 24; steppenwolf.org.

New York’s Irish Repertory Theater presents 2017 musical adaptation of Frank McCourt’s bestselling memoir “Angela’s ashes”- which puts Frank’s mother, the main character (played by Jacinta Whyte), in the foreground. The score is by Adam Howell. from Thursday to September 22; irishrep.org.

In Connecticut, the Westport Country Playhouse continues to operate its vault of archived captures. Next step: his production of “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, directed in 2008 by Mark Lamos (replacing a sick Paul Newman). The New York Times Critic praised the show for a “vitality and sensuality that reminds us that every life is touched by loneliness and failure”. Sep 13-26; westportplayhouse.org.

And in a completely different register – we hope so! – comes the new musical “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”, with music and lyrics by John Robinson. The show, shot this summer, is based on the novel of the same name by DH Lawrence. Published privately in 1928, the book, on the affair of a high society woman with her gamekeeper, went to obscenity trial in Britain in 1960, when an unredacted version was finally released. Maybe Georgia Lennon and Michael Pickering, as illicit lovers, will generate enough steam to steam up a few drinks. 15 Oct-Nov 21; stream.theatre.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents its production by Quiara Alegría Hudes Pulitzer Prize-winning play, in which an Iraq War veteran struggles to adjust to life upon his return to Philadelphia. Some scenes take place in online chat rooms, a storytelling device that many viewers will likely experience differently today than when the play first appeared around a decade ago. Until September 25; osfashland.org.

The Lantern Company in Philadelphia is sticking to its streaming guns this fall, offering two promising online shows. The first is the creation of this piece to music by Steve H. Broadnax III and Charles Dumas, to blues musician Robert Johnson (Lawrence Stallings). Broadnax, who is making his Broadway debut with “Thoughts of a Colored Man” this fall, is also directing (Thursday through October 17). Lantern then follows with Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of Albert Camus’ novel “The Plague”, an allegory on the rise of fascism with the help of an epidemic that hit a certain point of view in 2021. (October 7 -November 7). Lanterntheater.org.

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