It’s official. The snow is here, and by tonight (Friday) will be of blizzard proportions. How can we be so sure?
The Kennedy Center, along with every other venue in town, has canceled shows for Friday and Saturday. And Metro is shutting down tonight, and doesn’t plan to be up and running til Monday morning.
So — what will you do with all this suddenly spare time?
Now that you’ve stocked provisions for the next few days – you have done that, right? – it’s time to get settled in your favorite chair, and hunker down for some serious binge watching. Far be it for us to suggest Breaking Bad or the Detectorists.
Here’s how you can binge and still hold onto your card as ardent theatre makers and theatre lovers.
Slings and Arrows
Recommended by Lorraine Treanor, John Dellaporta and Trey Graham
Long time DCTS readers know we believe this is the greatest backstage series ever produced. This short-lived (3 seasons) Canadian TV series is about the struggling New Burbage Festival, which, having suffered the loss of its artistic director (who reappears in ghost form) takes on a most reluctant artistic director (Paul Gross). Each season centers around one major production: I – Hamlet, II – Macbeth and III, King Lear. Those into star watching will note Rachel McAdams in the ingenue role..
We found it on:
Netflix’s DVD.com. First month is free.
Mozart in the Jungle
Recommended by Jeff Walker and Jonathan Mandell
What happens behind the curtains at the symphony is just as captivating as what happens on stage. This Amazon series is set in the world of NY symphony orchestra players and is recorded in the New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater. Gael Garcia Bernal plays the young maestro, and is joined by an array of Broadway talent such as Bernadette Peters and Debra Monk.
We found it on:
Amazon. Amazon Prime members see it for free.
Suggested by Jill Kyle-Keith
Who will be chosen to create the next interplanetary alien or gang of ghastly gouls on the big screen? You know Hollywood producers are watching this special effects makeup competition to decide. Never heard of it? Well, you’ve got 10 seasons of fun watching ahead of you.
We found it on
Suggested by Lorraine Treanor
2012 had us totally following this two season NBC show as writers and producers struggled to bring a new musical to Broadway. We fell in love with Megan Hilty as Ivy, the obvious choice to play Marilyn Monroe in the fictional musical Bombshell, while producers fell for the charms of Katharine McPhee, (Ivy) now happily ensconced in CBS’ Scorpion. If that’s not enough to get you to watch, Joshua Bergasse (On the Town, Gigi) gives you some of the best dance numbers ever seen on small screens.
We found it on:
Amazon.com Prime members see it for free.
Flesh and Bone
Suggested by Ben Demers
This 2015 Starz series, nominated for a Golden Globe, follows a young ballet dancer, Claire, who has a distinctly troubled past, as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. The dark, gritty, complex series unflinchingly explores the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world and New York’s inherent drama.
We found it on Amazon Prime and YouTube
What will you be watching this weekend?