Shakespeare in the Park

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When I drew up my 27 for 27 list, I included seeing an outdoor movie this summer in New York as one of my goals. Sadly, due to scheduling conflicts and general busy-ness, the outdoor movie never happened. However, I did get the chance to take in some outdoor theater at Shakespeare in the Park and, since that seems pretty closely related, I decided I get to count this goal as complete. Hey, it’s my list and I get to make the rules.

Anyway, I am lucky to have a best friend with work connections that allow her to snag tickets to Shakespeare in the Park – and when she asked me if I wanted to go, of course I said yes! Shakespeare in the Park has long been on my NYC to do list, and I was really excited about this performance.

We got tickets to Love’s Labour’s Lost, which has been re-imagined as a modern day musical (in case you were interested, a quick scan of Wikipedia seems to suggest that this updated version is pretty faithful to the original, in terms of plot). When I heard the phrase “modernized Shakespeare musical,” I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but the show was actually fantastic – catchy songs, great actors, and lots of laugh out loud moments. It’s hard to describe the exact tone of the show, but I would go with absurd and over-the-top. Examples? A group of guys singing “To Be With You” in silver-sequined wife beaters, an unexpected cameo by a high school marching band, and Rachel Dratch playing a loopy professor. Suffice it to say, it was weird and wonderful.

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For those in New York, I highly recommend an evening at Shakespeare in the Park; to me, it’s the perfect summer activity in the city. If you don’t have a connection who can score you some tickets, you can join the line on the morning of performance days – and while it’s a long wait, tickets are free! Plus, in my humble opinion, the wait would be worth it.

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