With all the hoopla around the Public Theater's annual Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater (this year with Anne Hathaway starring in Twelfth Night), it's easy to forget that there are, like, nearly a dozen free outdoor plays throughout the summer (several of which are also in Central Park). Here's a quick round-up of those other outdoor theater options, none of which will be as crowded as Twelfth Night, which closes July 12. (The Public's summer season continues in August with their production of Euripides' The Bacchae)
Continuing through Sunday, New York Classical Theatre performs King Lear at 103rd St and Central Park West. Their summer outdoor season continues in July and August with Moliere's The School For Husbands. Click here for details and directions.
Starting Saturday and continuing every weekend through July 19 the Boomerang Theatre Company performs Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors — another classic romantic comedy about twins and mistaken identities — at The Rock near Central Park West and 69th St. Click here for details and directions.
Over in Hudson River Park, at Riverside Drive and 89th Street on the North patio of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Hudson Warehouse's summer Shakespeare season continues through the end of August with one play every month. Performances of The Tempest continue through June 28, followed by Hamlet in July and A Midsummer Night's Dream in August. Click here for details and directions.
For the downtown crowd that prefers parking lots to parks, The Drilling Company will be producing two outdoor shows in July and August, beginning with A Midsummer Night's Dream from July 9 to 25 and followed by Measure for Measure from July 30 to August 15. Performances take place in the Municipal Parking Lot at Ludlow and Broome Sts. Click here for details and directions.