Theater: Five must-sees onstage this summer

It's too late to catch Alan Cumming as "Macbeth," but make sure you don't miss the rest! Credit: Joan Marcus
Alan Cumming offers a new spin on “Macbeth.”
Credit: Joan Marcus

Summer is known for being soaked in sweat, drowned in sunlight or drenched in downpour. Yet it’s a veritable drought for exciting new theater. Many of the big-name shows from spring start to close (those that don’t see a sudden flush of ticket sales following the Tonys). So what should you make sure to see this season before it’s too late? Metro rounds up the best of what’s showing now that won’t be here when temps cool down and theater heats back up.

‘Macbeth’
Through July 14

Following a successful 2012 run at Lincoln Center, Tony Award winner Alan Cumming brought his killer one-man show to Broadway to shock and awe audiences with his interpretation of the story of “Macbeth” that takes place in a psychiatric ward following a terrible tragedy. www.macbethonbroadway.com

‘The Nance’
Through Aug. 11

Starring Nathan Lane in the title role, this play tells the story of a conflicted gay burlesque performer who needs to conceal his identity and proclivities in the 1930s. The play won three Tony Awards in 2013, including for Best Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty. www.lct.org

Shakespeare in the Park
‘Comedy of Errors’ through June 30; ‘Loves Labours Lost’ through Aug. 18

For the 51st year of its acclaimed free outdoor theater series, The Public Theater is staging two shows. “The Comedy of Errors” stars Hamish Linklater and Jesse Tyler Ferguson as a set of identical twins who are caught up in a case of mistaken identity (see page 19). A new musical adaptation of “Love’s Labours Lost” by the creators of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is coming up next, starting July 23. www.shakespeareinthepark.org

‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’
Through Aug. 25

Revitalized from its sold-out run at Lincoln Center in 2012, this hilarious new play by Christopher Durang tells the story of two siblings who never left home and what happens when the sister who did returns. It stars Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen. It won the 2013 Tony Awards for Best Play. www.vanyasoniamashaspike.com

‘Murder Ballad’
Through Sept. 29

For a perfect downtown date night, “Murder Ballad” offers a short, 90-minute set of rock ballads in Union Square. The story follows a tale of romance, deception and — you guessed it — a mysterious death. The audience sits all around the stage, while some witness it close-up at tables that the performers — including the talented Caissie Levy — utilize throughout. www.murderballad.com



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

China's army changes tactics to prepare for war…

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China will spur military innovation and called on the army to create a new strategy for "information warfare" as…

National

California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill

Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on…

National

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all…

By Stephanie NebehayGENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance…

International

North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia:…

A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Jong Un has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…