Every July and August, live Shakespeare is performed at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in New York City. Not surprisingly, it's called Shakespeare in the Park. And if you've never had an opportunity to see one of these plays that are produced with absolute panache by the Public Theater, well, you don't know what you're missing. The acting is, without a doubt, top-notch. This year's production of "King Lear" stars Broadway, film and television star John Lithgow as the rash royal father who turns his back on his favorite daughter and, in turn, turns his life upside down, which leads to a most tragic (and Shakespearean) ending. The play runs for one month, opening on July 22 and closing on August 17, 2014.
The good news about getting to experience Shakespeare in the Park is that all tickets are free. The bad news is that you've got to put in a little effort to get them. That means arriving at the Delacorte Theater at 6:00 a.m. the day of the show to line up for the chance to get your ticket. Or two tickets, which is the most allotted to one person (as long as they're available, that is). Now, since the theater is outdoors, there is always the chance that it might rain. If there is precipitation, the start of the play, which is 8:00 p.m., could be delayed. However, if the rain is heavy enough, the performance will be cancelled. Unfortunately, there are no rain checks or ticket exchanges. Additional information is available online at www.nyctrip.com/pages/Index.aspx?PageID=1173.