If you’d like to take some time to appreciate new theater, comedy and dance offerings targeting the stay-at-home audience, here are some highlights of this week’s offerings.
Skylight Theatre in Los Feliz presents a brand new COVID-inspired play, Close and Far Away, by resident playwright Cory Hinkle. Two old friends reconnect via zoom during quarantine, but technology and distance are the least of their problems. Runtime is approximately 10-15 minutes, followed by a Q & A.
Thursday, May 28 at 3:00pm here and later accessible from the same link. (Check out previous weekly offerings here as well.)
Laughter in Lockdown is a two-hour streaming event with performances by Wanda Sykes, Judd Apatow, Ray Romano, Carl Reiner, and many, many more. Host is Mo Amer, one of Rolling Stone’s “10 comedians you need to know” and star of the Netflix special “The Vagabond.” It’s a benefit to support comedians and other comedy professionals in need.
Friday, May 29 at 5:00pm here and later accessible on YouTube.
The online streaming premiere of Broadway’s Allegiance is $14.99 for a 24-hour pass, a digital download of the Original Cast Album and an exclusive bonus video. Allegiance is the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 110,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced into internment camps following Pearl Harbor. An exclusive, free, pre-show, “A Toast to Allegiance,” features Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung and other members of the original Broadway company.
The Movement in The Music: A Digital Jazz Dance Showcase, Curated and produced by JazzAntiqua artistic director Pat Taylor, is a 45-minute recorded presentation features works from JazzAntiqua’s rep, new group works conceived and performed by company members under current social distancing parameters.
Sunday, May 31 at 3:00pm here.
L.A. Theatre Works presents an enhanced reading of Deal by Barbara Isenberg, a surreal and comic eight minutes and one of the offerings of LATW’s “short story cinema” starring Sarah Drew and Sean Astin.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater streams a full-length performance of choreographer Robert Battle’s 2001, percussion-driven work City of Rain, featuring six male dancers and choreography by Camille A. Brown.
Available until June 4 here.