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You know what’s just as good as Shakespeare in the Park? Shakespeare in any park. Which, as big Shakespeare fans, is one reason we love summer so much: cuz everybody and their mother tries to capitalize on the popularity of the Public Theater’s Central Park series by doing their own play in their own community. Like Smith Street Stage, which chose this Roman tragedy for a few performances in Carroll Gardens.
June 28-July 2, July 5-7, July 11-14, 7pm, Carroll Park, FREE
Midsummer Night’s Dream
Theater 2020 takes on the lighter side of Shakespeare with this popular comedy about love and fairies—promised, in this production, to be “very swinging musical fairies.”
June 7-9, 7pm, Brooklyn Bridge Park, FREE
Park Slope’s Piper Theatre, once known for its Shakespeare productions, has in recent years expanded its focus to other classic texts. (While we love Shakespeare, of course not everyone can just do Shakespeare all the time. Or can they?) This year, they kick off their season in Washington Park with Mary Shelley’s classic monster story, accompanied by original short films and live music.
Thursday-Saturday, July 5-20, 8:30pm, Old Stone House, FREE
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
In rep, Piper will also be performing this classic musical, which is probably a little more kid-friendly than the play about the reanimated monster whose body is assembled from various corpses.
Sat-Sun, July 6-20, 7pm, Old Stone House, FREE
Theatermaker Randy Weiner and director Alfred Preisser teamed up to retell the classic story of beauty killing the beast with a hip-hop theme: Kong is a South Bronx MC in the 70s pursued by the execs of a failing record label, who hire a secretary Faye Wellington “to capture Kong and bring him to civilization.” Ha!
July 30-August 1, 8pm, Herbert von King Park, FREE
Using original music by Tomas Doncker and reimagined songs by Howlin’ Wolf, Mando Alvarado has conceived a love story, set in Hell’s Kitchen, about a man who made a deal with the devil now desperately looking for someone else’s soul for Satan to take.
August 2-3, 8pm, Herbert von King Park, FREE