Summer Guide: Directors Ivo Van Hove and Peter Stein Anchor at Governors Island

The Lincoln Center Festival brings high art to the harbor

'Ideal'
Performances begin June 17

Even those who admire Ayn Rand will typically concede the ponderousness of her prose style. As Diana Trilling wrote of The Fountainhead, "anyone who is taken in by it deserves a stern lecture on paper-rationing." But perhaps Rand had a lighter hand for dialogue. Audiences can see for themselves when Jenny Beth Snyder revives Rand's 1934 play, which went unproduced for more than 50 years. The piece concerns a famous actress who finds herself accused of murder. 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street, 59e59.org

'Game Play'
Performances begin July 7

A donkey who hefts barrels, a frog desperate to cross the road, and several jaunty geometric forms have never been counted among the drama's protagonists. Until now. In July, the Brick Theater will stage its second annual "Celebration of Video Game Performance Art," exploring both play and Playstation. Selections include Grand Theft Ovid and Babycastles: The Dance Performance That Will Ruin Your Life. Wii! The Brick Theater, 575 Metropolitan Avenue, bricktheater.com

'Love's Labour's Lost'
Performances begin July 8

The municipal parking lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome streets may not offer the greenery and vistas of other outdoor Shakespeare productions, but for 18 years it has faithfully hosted the Bard. Neither garbage trucks nor ambulances nor drunk and gawping hipsters have deterred the Drilling Company from working their way through the canon. This summer's Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot includes the witty comedy Love's Labour's Lost and the somewhat more somber Julius Caesar. Municipal Parking Field, corner of Ludlow and Broome streets, drillingcompany.org

'Me, Myself, & I'
Performances begin in August

Edward Albee once complained, "The only time I'll get good reviews is if I kill myself." Happily, suicide has not been required. His last several scripts—The Play About the Baby, The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?, Homelife—have received excellent notices. Perhaps that streak will continue with the New York premiere of this new comedy, which features Elizabeth Ashley as a woman who cannot tell her identical twins apart and Brian Murray as the doctor who ministers to her confusion. Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd Street, playwrightshorizons.org

The New York International Fringe Festival
Performances begin August 13

Time was that summer in New York meant blazing temperatures, the odor of rotting trash, a spike in the murder rate, and an almost total dearth of new theater. That has changed. Now the dog days are chockablock with dozens of festivals, principal among them the New York International Fringe Festival, which for 17 days swathes the West Village and adjoining areas with more than 200 dramas, comedies, solo shows, puppet plays, and unclassifiable oddities. Various locations, fringenyc.org

'Goodbar'
Performances begin August 20

This is not, as the name might suggest, a tale of the grand romance between roasted peanuts and milk chocolate, but rather a theatrical adaptation of the novel (and subsequent film) Looking for Mr. Goodbar. Experimental theater company Waterwell will reconceive this tale of casual sex and its deadly consequences as an open-air performance. East River Park Amphitheatre, FDR Drive and the East River, waterwell.org

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