Mark Your Calendars . . . The Week Ahead

Inside Track   Mark Your Calendars . . . The Week Ahead
What to do, see and not miss all this weekend and week in NYC. See some great summer shows (before it's too late), take a ride on a bicycle built for two and get your grub on with an old fashioned Lobster Bake!

Happy Friday!

Friday, August 7

GO (OUTDOORS)? Take advantage of the beautiful summer weather by playing outdoors today. Ride a bike to Governors Island as part of their “Free Bike Fridays” program and work up your appetite for the Red Hook Lobster Bake at the the Brooklyn Yard. This is classic NYC summer! (6pm, 400 Carroll St. btwn. Bond & Nevins, info)


Saturday, August 8

BEFORE IT CLOSES? Geoffrey Nauffts’s Next Fall closes this Saturday. Next Fall has earned all the rave reviews it received from both critics and audiences alike. It’s especially important viewing in light of our country’s ongoing debate for equal rights. (Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 416 W. 42nd St, btwn. 9th and 10th Aves., tickets

BEFORE IT CLOSES? Lila Rose Kaplan's Wildflower has gotten as much buzz for the last five minutes of the show than most shows get for their entire run. If you haven’t seen it, finally getting in on the secret of what happens in that final scene is worth the trip. (Second Stage’s McGinn/Cazale Theatre, 307 West 43rd Street, tickets

Sunday, August 9

BEFORE IT CLOSES? The musical version of the enormously successful play Vanities will end its run at Second Stage this Sunday. (Second Stage, 307 W.43rd st, btwn 8th and 9th Aves.,  tickets)



Monday, August 10

GO? Avenue Q’s former front man, John Tartaglia, will debut “A New Fangled Variety Shot” at Comix in the Meatpacking District. The show is described as follows: “Take a dash of Dean Martin, a pinch of Carol Burnett, a dabble of Laugh In and a dose of Saturday Night Live, shake vigorously and you'll get The New Fangled Variety Show starring John Tartaglia!” (7pm and 9pm, Comix, 353 W. 14th st, east of 9th Ave., tickets)

GO? Broadway’s original Annie has grown up to be one heck of a belter! I just saw her perform with our pal Seth Rudetsky at The Actors Funds’ “Nothing Like a Dame” benefit and may I just say…Dang! Girl can sing! (through August 9th, Metropolitan Room, 34 W.22nd St. btwn 5th and 6th Ave, tickets)



Tuesday, August 11

GO (FREE)? Fresh off of the successful run of Twelfth Night, Shakespeare in the Park follows up with the Euripides tragedy, The Bacchae staring Jonathan Groff, André De Shields, Anthony Mackie and set to the sounds of Philip Glass. (8pm, The Delacorte, Central Park West, enter at the mid 80’s, info)

OPENING? Playwright Cusi Cram debuts a new Off-Broadway play, A Lifetime Burning—but it’s Cram’s own life that proves to be just as interesting. You can read all about it in Playbill Magazine this month! (Through September 5, 59 E. 59th st, tickets)

Wednesday, August 12

OPENING? Another Man’s Position takes over the space recently vacated by Next Fall. The show, set in the 1970’s, follows a struggling comedian who gets the opportunity to have his own TV show.  (Through August 23, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 416 W. 42nd St, btwn. 9th and 10th Aves., (212) 279-4200)

Thursday, August 13

GO (FREE)? "Broadway in Bryant Park" ends its summer run with performances from Billy Elliot, South Pacific, Mamma Mia! and Altar Boyz. (12:30-1:30pm, Bryant Park, 40-42nd st, btwn 5th and 6th aves).

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