Exploring NYC: Shakespeare in the Park

by Lorien E. Menhennett

Central Park's Delacorte Theater, lit up after the show.

Central Park’s Delacorte Theater, lit up following the amazing performance of “The Taming of the Shrew.”

New York City has a reputation for being expensive. After being here nearly a year, I can tell you that reputation is well deserved. That said, there are some pretty cool free things to do in the city too. One of them is Shakespeare in the Park, which I attended last night with a classmate. We saw a hilarious, irreverent, rock-music-tinged version of “The Taming the Shrew” that had the audience (myself certainly including) rolling with laughter.

Shakespeare in the Park performances are held in Central Park’s outdoor Delacorte Theater. The way to get tickets is to wait in line that same morning for a few hours—a wait plenty of people find worth it. According to the theater’s website, “More than five million people have visited the Delacorte Theater for free performances, making it one of New York City’s most beloved summer traditions.”

I would certainly like to make this one of my own traditions and attend future performances. What a wonderful way to spend an evening—outside in the fresh air, watching an amazing play, and doing so in good company. Next time though, I think I’ll bring bug repellent. The mosquitoes liked the show too.