It’s not just the weather that’s steaming; there are some sizzling shows streaming this Saturday to keep you entertained and engaged, with a choreographed concert of pop favorites from the ‘90s, a classic British drawing-room comedy from the early 20th century, and a series of new solo dance performances on a crucial current theme. So turn up the AC or turn on the fan, grab an icy cold drink, and stay cool in the comfort of your own home with these hot selections.
Digital Get Down – The Boy Band Project makes its return to the digital screen with a weekly series of one-hour concerts, livestreaming from Provincetown’s Crown & Anchor on Saturdays at 2 pm, beginning on July 25. Every show will present a different boy band theme – this week featuring The BBP’s temperature-raising covers of NSYNC hits – and a special surprise guest from the Ptown community. Along with their fervent vocals and smoldering moves, the NYC-based Boys will also offer games and conversations about the Provincetown Performing Arts Fund (PPAF), which provides stability and support for the performing artists, theater professionals, musicians, and technical staff of the seasonal tourism industry. Whether you’re watching at home in self-isolation or observing COVID-19 safety protocol at the popular beach town, be advised that pants are not required to enjoy this blazing-hot act, so you can say “Bye Bye Bye” to those heavy jeans and put on your coolest swimsuit! Viewing is free on Facebook, but all donations will benefit the PPAF, to help artists who have been hit especially hard during the coronavirus pandemic.
Misalliance – Until Broadway is able to reopen safely, Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, hosts of the daily livestream “Stars in The House,” will continue their spin-off series of free “Plays in The House,” with voluntary donations designated to support The Actors Fund. The selection for Saturday, July 25, in partnership with Gingold Theatrical Group’s “Project Shaw,” is a remote 2:00 matinee reading of [George] Bernard Shaw’s socio-political farce of 1909-10, taking a first-wave feminist look at the romantic, practical, and too-often mismatched variety of mating and marital combinations among English aristocrats, socialists, and the middle class of his time. Directed and narrated by GTG Artistic Director David Staller (with Peter Flynn serving as the livestreaming director for the series), the episode features the formidable talents of Marc delaCruz, Dan Domingues, Midori Francis, Peter Francis James, Teresa Avia Lim, Jamie Sanders, Thom Sesma, Ryan Spahn, and Sharon Washington, and will be available online for another four days following the live premiere presentation.
Liquidus – In an all-new series conceived during the coronavirus lockdown, four solo dancers from different communities in NYC will perform live from isolation in their own homes at 7 pm on consecutive Saturdays, from July 25-August 15, to express through movement their individual inner experiences in navigating COVID-19. The emotive performers – Jonatan Lujan (Argentinian; tested positive), Noriko Naraoka (Japanese; tested positive), Winnie Asawakanjanakit (Thai; tested negative), and Felipe Escalante, Founding Artistic Director of Tabula Rasa Dance Theater (Mexican; tested negative) – in costumes by Geoffrey Beene, Noriko Naraoka, and Sergio Perez (coordinated by Executive Director Amy Fine Collins) and backed by the music of Felix Huerta, reveal how the past months have affected their bodies, minds, and ability with social interaction. Developed with the support of the Ford Foundation, the programs will be livestreamed on the Tabula Rasa YouTube channel, with two additional recorded showings at 2 pm and 7 pm on the day following each of the four parts. The artists have subsisted without unemployment benefits, support, or relief funding throughout the pandemic shutdown; viewers can help by making a small requested donation of $3.63, or whatever you are able to give.