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Beyond the bright lights of Broadway – the electric signage that led to its moniker as “The Great White Way” — exists another world: Off-Broadway, a varied and rich wellspring of creativity and innovation. It is the place where both the next generation of actors, playwrights, and directors are developing their voices and veteran talents return to explore their artistic passions.

Theater Close-Up is a unique collaboration between THIRTEEN and that large community of non-profit Off-Broadway theaters, which will be hosted by acclaimed actress Sigourney Weaver.

Airdates:
The Vandal | Nov 13 at 10 p.m. and Nov 16 at 11 p.m. on THIRTEEN | Nov 17 at 11 p.m. on WLIW
An Iliad | Nov 20 at 10 p.m. and Nov 23 at 11 p.m. on THIRTEEN | Nov 24 at 10 p.m. on WLIW
Looking at Christmas | Nov 27 at 10 p.m. on THIRTEEN | Dec 1 at 10:30 p.m. on WLIW

Can’t get enough Off-Broadway Theater? Check out these special discounts from theaters in this series.


You are about to see a play as it was written and performed on stage. Some may find the language or content objectionable. Viewer discretion is advised.

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  • Matt

    Will this be streamed?

    • depontc

      Hi Matt – Theater Close-Up will be available to stream for viewers within our broadcast area. We hope you enjoy it!

      • Ashley

        I cant stream

      • Owen

        Are they available yet?

  • Pete

    Was told I would be able to stream it (I live in Colorado) after it aired tonight but I can’t find a link for it. Help please!

  • Julius Marta

    I was absolutely delighted with tonight’s play about the Apple family’s kitchen discussion concerning the 2010 midterm elections. The acting was so superb !!! The simplistic settings and lighting made reminisce about the plays i watched on Thirteen during the 1970′s. Keep up the great work!!

    • Nora

      I think you meant “simple” instead of “simplistic”. There is a decided difference. Look it up in your Websters.

  • http://jeffwalsh.com/ Jeff Walsh

    When will Hopey Changey be streaming?

  • Andrew

    How long will the plays be available for on-line viewing once they are posted?

    • depontc

      Hi Andrew – each play will be available to watch online for three years after its original broadcast date. Thanks for watching!

  • m.

    This was a wonderful experience, my first with ‘Theatre Close-Up’. I very much enjoyed this play for its family interactions & perspective on the 9/11 remembrance. As a disabled person unable to access many New York theatres, I’m thrilled to be able to once again enjoy fresh & exciting plays. Thank you!

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  • GavinoV

    Ok, Thirteen, are you listening? I was able to watch “That Hopey Changey Thing” online a week ago. Now I get this insipid message, “Sorry, only available to viewers in within our broadcast area.” Well, I LIVE IN YOUR BROADCAST AREA. Thirteen is my selected PBS station. WHY CAN’T I SEE THE OTHER APPLE PLAYS ONLINE????

  • Julius Marta

    I was absolutely delighted with tonight’s play about the Apple family’s
    kitchen discussion concerning the 2010 midterm elections. The acting was
    so superb !!! The simple setting and lighting made me reminisce about
    the plays I watched on Thirteen during the 1970′s. Keep up the great
    work!!

  • Bernice Greenberg

    I would like to Thank PBS for presenting Theater​/CloseUP and you for hosting. My husband and I were avid theater goers until about 15 years ago and the trip into the city became a little “much”. Today we are limited, he’s 94 and I’m 90 years old, but our love of theater has never abated. The plays produced on this program have satisfied that hunger for theater performance. There is nothing like it. Thank you again and please continue.

    Gratefully,

    Bernice Greenberg