I went to Here Lies Love again last night with Kristen after a long day of scavenger hunting at the Museum of Natural History, hanging at Boat Basin, and dinner and drinking with my colleagues.
I was very tired and sore and still quite smashed by the end of the night. Here Lies Love is still such a cool immersive experience. Jaygee Macapugay was on as Imelda, and she was great. She doesn’t look as much like Imelda as Ruthie Ann Miles does, but she had a really great voice.
No matter what you may think of Fatboy Slim, or David Byrne, or Imelda Marcos, I say get thee to the Public Theater to experience this ASAP.
You know you’ve made it in New York when you can go see Shakespeare in the Park without having to wait in line. Something like that. My friend texted me two Wednesdays ago saying she had two tickets to Much Ado About Nothing and I canceled my plans to go to yoga and immediately headed to the park after work.
I’d really wanted to see this because of Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe. Because, duh, they’re fabulous. I hadn’t seen Much Ado since I was in 5th grade and saw my high school’s production, but got the gist from reading a brief synopsis before the show that night – love triangles, tricks, and all of that. Great, so basically your typical Shakespearian comedy. To be honest, I’m a much bigger fan of Shakespeare’s dramas and tragedies than I am of his comedies. But this is Shakespeare in the Park. And it’s free. And it’s a New York tradition. It’s my tradition. There was no way I wasn’t seeing it.
Linklater and Rabe made the show for me. They were both absolutely brilliant. Brian Stokes Mitchell was miscast as Don Pedro and I barely noticed when he was onstage (and that’s saying something). There were really no weak links in this, but Linklater and Rabe just made this so-so comedy of Shakespeare’s that much better to watch.
Much Ado About Nothing plays through July 6th, so this is your last week. Get thee to the Delacorte!