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Shakespeare in the Parks

With the Public forsaking the Bard for Brecht (and Meryl Streep making tickets hard to come by), you'll need to look elsewhere this summer to hear Shakespeare outdoors. Here's what to see and where to go.


From left: As You Like It; The Comedy of Errors; Romeo and Juliet  

As You Like It
Municipal Parking Lot, Ludlow and Broome Sts.
Staged in a LES parking lot, The Drilling CompaNY transports Shakespeare's gender-bending comedy to post-war America with a Forest of Arden peopled by beatniks and hippies.
Thu-Sat, 8pm (through Aug 12)

The Comedy of Errors
The Pool at Central Park, Central Park West, at 101 St.; 212-310-6600
Under Stephen Burdman's direction, the audience members (as well as the actors) are kept on their toes as they navigate from one grassy slope of The Pool to another.
Thu-Sun, 7pm (through Aug 27)

Romeo and Juliet
Riverbank State Park, 679 Riverside Dr., at 140th St.; 212-694-3600
Alexa Kelly's boldly conceived adaptation of the famous tragedy puts the servants in basketball jerseys and substitutes dance-offs for duels.
Thu-Sun, 8pm (through Aug 27)

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