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Ed Shea, Artistic Director at 2nd Story Theatre

Our Summer Season is up and running.

3 plays. 3 home runs.

It’s a Summer Theatre hat trick. A comedy Triple Crown.

Critics raved about each one.

Come see why.

This weekend, I Hate Hamlet, a “hilarious” “comic stew” that’s “guaranteed to vanquish the summer doldrums” still has tickets available for the Friday night and Sunday matinee. But they’re going fast, get yours soon.

Next weekend, it’s the return of Venus and Mommie.

And by the way, you can still subscribe: 3 hot hit plays for $60!!!

What’s not to like?


I Hate Hamlet, by Paul Rudnick

UpStage in Rep / Now thru August 30With his career in limbo, a young television star is offered the chance to play hamlet in the Park. Relocating to New york, he rents a mysterious, gothic apartment once inhabited by the great John Barrymore. Sounds ideal, no? Well, there’s a little problem: he loathes the Bard. Enter the ghost of Barrymore, conjured by an impromptu seance, who introduces our ambivalent young friend to the joys of fame, dames and melancholy Danes.

Die, Mommy, Die!, by Charles Busch

UpStage in Rep / Now thru August 28What a drag!!! Faded song stylist, Angela Arden – trapped in a loveless marriage and estranged from her ill-tempered offspring – attempts to set herself free by murdering her ailing husband. When her children begin to suspect their mother in their father’s death, Angela’s hopes for a new life fall outrageously apart. This clever, kitsch, psychedelic satire of ’60s celluloid classics will give “summer camp” a whole new meaning.

Our DownStage hit Venus in Fur returns on July 30!

[photo by Rich Dionne, Lara Hakeem & Richard Derry in Venus in Fur]

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