Photo: Charmed Life/Ben Hider
This summer’s stages, both indoors and outdoors, heat up just as suddenly as the weather!
Importance of Being Earnest LBGTQ+: In this modern update of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy, now at the Actor’s Temple, the genders of some of the main characters have changed, but Wilde’s gift for farce and witticism – and his basic understanding of human nature -- are sure to remain the same. For more information, visit www.actorstempletheatre.com
Fruma Sarah (Waiting in the Wings): Catching Emmy nominee and Broadway favorite Jackie Hoffman in anything always proves worthwhile (even “The Addams Family.”) That proves true once more in this one-hour play in which she plays a community theater actress whose one-hour wait to make a brief appearance in a local production of “Fiddler on the Roof” starts to take a psychic and potentially physical toll on her. For more information, visit www.thecelltheatre.org
Seize the King: Yes, there is always “more” Shakespeare available for viewing every summer than what’s onstage at the Delacorte. This month, the award-winning Classical Theatre of Harlem will present this powerful reimagining of the Bard’s “Richard III” by the award-winning playwright Will Power. Better yet, this show runs– for free -- through July 29 at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park (124th Street and 5th Avenue). For more information, visit cthnyc.org
Charmed Life, From Soul Singing to Opera Star: Lori Brown Mirabal's acclaimed autobiographical play with music toasts the many entertainment luminaries, including Oprah, Cab Calloway, and Luciano Pavarotti, who had a hand in her rise to success, and salutes the black opera singers that paved the way in the opera world. For more information, visit urbanStages.org
No One Cries for the Blacksmith. And finally, a livestream worth watching: Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper and Drama Desk Award winner Robert Cuccioli star in Lloyd Khaner’s new two-character play about the chance meeting between a New York City cab driver and a down-and-out marketing executive, which will be streamed starting July 11 at 3pm (and available OnDemand until July 15). Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins will direct the reading. For livestream tickets, visit https://onthestage.com/show/theater-resources-unlimited/no-one-cries-for-the-blacksmith-56913