House Seats: Enjoying Stage Performances From Home

As they say in the theater, “The show must go on” and playhouses around the state are keeping the spirit of that motto alive with livestreaming performances, virtual festivals and online content you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Now, let’s raise the curtain on some can’t-miss shows!

Valentine’s Day Cabaret | Streaming February 11, 2021

Celebrate the most romantic of holidays a few days early with a livestream of Kindred Spirits on February 11. (Or save it for your date night—the video is available for viewing through February 16.) Featuring songs about love, this musical performance from Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre strikes just the right note for a cozy night in. Visit the ensemble theater’s website for show details.

Some Enchanted Evening | Streaming February 13 – 26, 2021

Paper Mill Playhouse subscribers can immerse themselves in the music of beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein classics—including performances of hit songs from Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music and more. Directed by Mark S. Hoebee, this event will be produced on stage and delivered virtually. Explore details here.

The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration & Influence | Available Through February 21, 2021

Celebrate the genius of “American theatre’s greatest and least compromising experimentalist” with an online festival featuring theatrical experiences and illuminating conversations brought to you by McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts and Round House Theatre. Patrons have the option of purchasing a full festival pass or those for individual plays on this website.

Secret Cities | Available Anytime

Looking for Jersey-centric tales? Luna Stage brings you their Secret Cities series, including Heart of Orange and Walking the Valley. These performances reveal the spirit of community through the real stories from real people of Orange and West Orange, New Jersey. You can also enjoy the Songs of Unsung Heroes—all collected on the local theater’s website.

Julius Caesar | Available Anytime

Although The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey had to suspend their live shows, they are pleased to share video of their touring production of Julius Caesar, filmed during a March 2020 performance, on their website. Bonus: Also watch the 30-minute video of the cast answering frequently-asked questions. 

NJ Rep Online Content | Available Anytime

The Vimeo channel for the New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch presents a collection of creative readings, short plays, “Behind The Curtain” interviews and even some celebrity appearances in support of the company.  

Play at Home Project | Available Anytime

Dreaming of your moment in the limelight? The State Theatre New Jersey commissioned three creators to share scripts to download. These three short plays (each ten minutes or less), were written for casts of three to five—ideal for families to put on their own production at home. Print the script that inspires you, study your lines and get ready for that curtain call!

What’s even better than a night of theater? Dinner and a show—so dial up your favorite restaurant and order in for an experience that’s sure to win rave reviews!