merchantOne of the reasons I moved to NYC was for theater.  For a theater junkie like me, summer in NYC rocks.  It’s all over the city, and most of it is FREE.  For people on a budget, it’s the ultimate time for a cultural overdose.

As I say on my own blog, I’m not giving up sushi for happy meals!  As important as it is for you to experience this stuff with your kids, it’s equally important to fulfill your own needs by going to adult theater.   A classic or a Shakespeare play will nourish your soul.

Here is a list of what’s coming up the next few weeks, first for kids, then for adults, all FREE.  If you live here or are coming for a visit, make time for a bit of culture!

FOR KIDS
Much Ado About Nothing, Battery Park, Castle Clinton, July 19th-July 21st, July 23rd-26th, 7pm (ages 8 & up)

We the People: America Rocks!
, LLucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street between Bleer & Hudson Sts., July 19th-21st, July 26th-28th, 10:30am & 1pm; July 22nd & 29th, 10:30am, 1pm & 6pm; July 23rd & 30th, 10:30am, 1pm (all ages)

Flaubert Frog, Bryant Park, 6th Avenue between 20th & 42nd Sts., July 24th, 1-2pm (all ages)

Word For Word Kids: Vital Theatre Company Favorites
, Public Reading Room, Bryant Park, West 42nd St. between 5th & 6th Aves., July 24th, noon-1pm (all ages)

Little Shop of Horrors
, Washington Park, 5th Ave. between 3rd & 4th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn, July 27th, 8pm (ages 7 & up)

Peer Gynt, Washington Park, 5th Ave. between 3rd & 4th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn, July 29th, 6pm (all ages)

The Taming of the Shrew, Washington Park, 5th Ave. between 3rd & 4th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn, July 29th, 8pm (all ages)

Gazillion Bubble Show and Jeremy Plays Guitar
, Union Square, 14th St. to 17th St. between Broadway & Park Ave., July 29th, 10am

The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Washington Park, 5th Ave. between 3rd & 4th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn, July 30th, 6pm (all ages)

The Starlings Shakespeare Scenes, Washington Park, 5th Ave. between 3rd & 4th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn, July 30th, 9:30am (all ages)

FOR ADULTS

Cyrano, Soldiers & Sailors Monument, Riverside Park, Riverside Dr. at 89th St., Thur-Sun, 6:30pm. Through Aug. 1st.

Love’s Labor Lost, Municipal Parking Lot, Ludlow St. at Broome St., Thur-Sat, 8pm.  Through July 24th.

The Merchant of Venice, Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Through August 1st.   Check web site for show times and dates.

Titus Andonicus, Various locations in Central Park.  Through July 31st, Sat & Sun 2pm.

The Winter’s Tale, Delacorte Theater in Central Park.  Through July 31st.  Check web site for show times and dates.

Mini-Twelfth Night, West Side Community Garden, West 89th St. bet. Amsterdam & Columbus Aves., Sat, Sun 5pm.  Through Aug. 15th

Shakespeare in the Pagoda, Prospect Park Music Pagoda, enter at Ocean Ave. at Empire Blvd., Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Sat, 1 & 4pm.  Through Aug 7th