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Hardboiled
by Radiotheatre
Dillons Theater

Return with Radiotheatre to the late 1940s, when love was cheap, life was high, and NYC at night ran hot with gats, goils, and gunsels. Hardboiled relives the 40s detective genre with live jazz and the sultry sounds of chanteuse Rhe De Ville, recapturing some of that magic of the earliest form of theater known to mankind — the art of storytelling. For decades, radio was storytelling around the campfire in everyone’s living room. Radiotheatre doesn’t have a campfire, but a dark intimate theater is just the place to spin tales, with a few special FX up their sleeves too, a hybrid aural and visual experience to whet your imagination.

Book of Days
by Lanford Wilson
Stella Adler Studio

New World Theatre presents a revival of Lanford Wilson’s drama, set in Dublin, Missouri, a town “so beautiful in the spring it could break your heart.” Book of Days is a tumultuous tale about the destructive nature of fear, deception, ambition and power in a town where the truth can hurt one’s sense of security more than alternative delusions. As the town’s own Saint Joan searches through faith, ambition, family, politics, fear, murder (and cheese) for the truth, Dublin’s soul is revealed and America’s fate is in the balance.

Hospital 2005
by Axis Company
Axis Theater

Axis Company presents the seventh installment of its annual serial, Hospital. With the country divided on the Terry Schiavo case, the Center for Disease Control forecasts a major global pandemic of avian bird flu. Hospital follows the cerebral journey of one of the hundreds of thousands of people who has contracted the illness. Comatose and near death, the Traveler wades through memories to try and decipher what may have happened in his past and what might be left of the future. Directed by Randy Sharp, the serial episodes can be viewed separately as self-contained plays, running concurrently.

Two Gentlemen of Verona
by John Guare & Mel Shapiro
Delacorte Theater

Adapted from Shakespeare, the Public Theater’s second summer Shakespeare in the Park production is a wildly hilarious musical infusing Shakespeare’s frothy comedy about love, sex and mistaken identities with the exhilarating sounds and textures of big city life. Kathleen Marshall directs and choreographs, with a score from Galt MacDermot that ranges from soul, rock, funk, Latin,  and gospel to pop in a magical celebration of Shakespeare, summer and love. The original 1971 Delacorte production responded to a country embroiled in war, social unrest, and racial tension, with a message of love and inclusion, electrifying audiences and critics who hailed it as “an entertainment smorgasbord of, by and for real New Yorkers.”

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