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!
Gotham Burlesque: For a sexy show on the evening of August 4th, head to Gotham Burlesque at the Triad Theater. Neo-burlesque star Nasty Canasta will be headlining the 10pm show. Joining her will be The Great Throwdini, the world's most fastest and most accurate knife thrower, and plenty of other big burlesque names. Tickets are $35-$35 and can be purchased here.
All My Children: Matt Smith, celebrated Seattle monologist will be coming to NYC as part of the Fringe Festival. He will be playing Max, a man whose biological clock starts ticking, who decides to track down all his ex-girlfriends to try to convince their kids that he is their real father. Follow his hilarious journey at any of the performances between August 14-24th. $15 tickets can be purchased here.
Story Time with Mr. Buttermen: Fables for Adults Living in a Modern World: Mind the Arts Entertainment is presenting the raunchy spoken word musical at the Fringe Festival from August 10-25 at HERE Arts Center. The audience will join Mr. Buttermen as he tells his fables that teach us the importance of being a moral adult in the modern world, with stories like The Girl Who Cried Rape and Petey the Impotent Rabbit. The cast features Ashley C. Williams of Human Centipede fame, Joe Kurtz, Justin Anselmi, and more (remember them from Die: Roll to Proceed). $15 tickets can be purchased here.
Rated M for Mature: Another Fringe Festival performance, this show will be making its world premiere at Cherry Lane Theatre and run from August 22-26. This dark comedy delves into bullying, gaming addiction, and parenting and was written by Greg Ayers and produced by Ryan Duncan. $15 tickets can be purchased here.
Glamdromeda: This glam rock theatrical experience will take place as part of UglyRhino's 2012 Micro-Season at The Brooklyn Lyceum. The show explores themes of personal, sexual, and creative awakenings through musical compositions. The show will run from August 15-31 and you can purchase tickets here for $15-$18.