Summer Delight: NYC Theater Edition

Summer in the city can be tough...annoyingly humid days followed by torrential downpours, no one in sight on the weekends, and the same ol' shtick going on every day. Do something a little different from hitting the nearest bar and binge drinking all night -- check out one of these six great shows going on throughout the month of August. And if you still feel the need to drink till you pass out, well, at least you got some good theater in before the lights went out.

The Moth Storyslam: Listen to true personal stories at The Bell House at this epic open mic night. The storyslam will feature 10 stories by Brooklyn's general public. If you want to participate, come prepared with a five minute story and put your name in the hat and hope to be chosen! Peter Aguero will host the evening, beginning at 7:30pm on August 6th. There will be 10 stories, 3 judges, and one winner. Come prepared!

Summer in the City: Theater Edition

New York City is known for its spectacular Broadway shows. But you can get equally stunning and entertaining shows without the hefty price tag and the hustle and bustle of the theatre district. Check out these must see off-Broadway shows!

The Flower Thief: Presented by Horse Trade Theater Group and The Fire This Time Festival, this play, written by Pia Wilson, is one to see. The story centers around Clark, who is grieving over the loss of his twin brother and is clinging to nature's promise of renewal. Clark turns to stealing flowers as everything else around him slowly wilts. This show, directed by Heidi Grumelot, will run August 2-19 at The Red Room at 8pm. Tickets are available here for $18.

Prison Dancer: The Show Based on Viral YouTube Sensation

The New York Musical Theatre Festival and Prison Dancer Live, LLC. are bringing the show Prison Dancer to a theater near you! The show, written by Romeo Candido and Carmen De Jesus and directed by Jenn Rapp, will be showing at St. Clement's from July 20th until July 28th. The show follows the lives of eight Filipino maximum-security prisoners, whose lives are changed when a video of their dance-based rehab program goes viral on YouTube. The dark prison suddenly finds itself in the spotlight and these hardcore criminals are given a second chance. Furthermore, the show is inspired by a true story! Tickets are $20 and available for purchase here. Check out the performance schedule below:

There's Nothing Wrong with a Little Theater: May Edition

Just because it's now May doesn't mean that all your activities have to take place outside. This month brings some world class theater productions to NYC and you don't want to spend too much time in the sun or you might miss them (...or burn). Check out four of the hottest shows around that you'd be a fool to miss out on.

I Am a Tree: This play, written and performed by Dulcy Rogers and directed by Allan Miller, arrives in the Big Apple! The show, produced by United Pies, Inc. in association with The Elephant Theatre, is coming to NYC from a critically acclaimed run in Los Angeles, beginning May 25th until June 30th. The show follows are 30-year-old Claire as she discovers family members she never knew existed. She begins to embark on a journey to find her relatives to find out about the mother she never knew but when she finally tracks down three crazy aunts, they all have very different stories about her mother. Performances are Thurs-Sat at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here.

Boozing with the Bard

Booze and literature are steadfast companions—a symbiotic union of sorts that has fueled the creative germs of countless scribes. Whether it be through Kerouac’s manic search for the ephemeral “IT," Fitzgerald’s rapid collapse in the face of his own virility, or even the many tortured souls of the Bard’s creation—alcohol is a vehicle, both in literature and reality, that resonates throughout time.

What better way to celebrate this age old union than through a literary pub crawl! “Shakesbeer," an annual celebration put on by the New York Shakespeare Exchange, strives to meld the literary with the debaucherous. In their mission to “explore what happens when contemporary culture is infused with Shakespearean poetry and themes in unexpected ways," the NYSX has fashioned a 4 bar/ 4 scene ode to the evisceration of love—aptly entitled the “V-Day Detox."

Cuccioli Headlining Special Performance of Jacques Brel Returns

Jacques Brel Returns is hosting a special one night only performance with Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miserables) on January 28th at 7pm. The performance will be held at The Triad and tickets are priced at $30 general admission or $40 for premium seating. Joining Cuccioli in the performance are other big names such as Tamra Hayden, Arlo Hill, Rick Hip-Flores, and Ereni Sevasti.

Must See Theatre: An Alphabet by John Cage

For lovers of art in every form, this weekend brings the theatrical adaption of John Cage's world-renowned, stand-out radio play of 1982; James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: An Alphabet.

An imaginative enchante', this piece follows the narrators tale as he encounters sixteen personalities who represent "an alphabet by means of which we spell our lives."

A simple love of literature and culture is all that is required to take part in what is set to also become a historic event, a celebration of the authors upcoming centennial year.

Get Your Fill of Theatre in November

You may know Horse Trade Theatre group from their provocative burlesque shows, but they've got a whole lot more tricks up their sleeve. This November is packed to the gills with one-of-a-kind shows, no matter what you are looking for. Check out the schedule below and then reserve your tickets here.

The Skinny
Wednesday, November 2 @ 8pm $10
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street)
The Skinny is a political comedy talk show with a twist: The host, Peter DeGiglio, is just an average schnook struggling to wrap his head around the events that shape our world. Joining him is a discussion panel of real life experts and a plethora of wacky variety acts.

Corner Pocket: Wet Your Whistle for Halloween

You probably noticed the pool reference in the title of the show Corner Pocket, but this play is about way more than a friendly game of pool. The show follows strangely-named Manayunk through her whirlwind of an afterlife, in which she finds out her husband is cheating on her, her pool shark enemy is better than her, and, oh yeah, she's been murdered.

If it sounds a little strange, that's because it is. But I can't deny that I was completely entertained throughout the whole show. Brought you by Extant Arts, who debuts Andy James Hoover's New York premiere of the show, as well as the company's own fully-staged world premiere, this show touches upon basic human instincts -- jealousy, lust, love, revenge.