Hitting the Stage: Shakespeare, Shakespeare and the Amish

06/10/2009 4:07 PM |

580c/1244661432-richard3web.jpgSome major theater productions are opening this week throughout the city, most notably two spectacular productions of Shakespeare plays. At BAM, Richard III: An Arab Tragedy sets that story of tyrannical power-mongering in a contemporary oil economy dictatorship (performances continue through Friday, click here for details). Tonight is also opening night for that New York summer tradition, Shakespeare in the Park, which has Anne Hathaway playing Viola in the Public Theater‘s production of Twelfth Night. Performances continue through July 12, click here for details.

Opening at the Rattlestick Theater (and continuing through June 28), The Amish Project tracks the aftermath of a shooting in an Amish community. Another look at a small community in crisis, The Temperamentals, opens at its new location at the Barrow Group Theater tonight, where performances will continue through July 5. For more information on this show about America’s first gay rights group click here. Finally, the Brick Theater in Williamsburg continues its arts extravaganza, The Antidepressant Festival, in which every performance offers the audience a different formula for staying happy.

(photo credit: Rudd Jonkers)