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Three to See: August

August 8th, 2016 Comments off

Summer heat in New York City is no joke. We’d almost rather sit through a revival of Mamma Mia! than suffer in the stench of Gotham at its worst. Fortunately, no such production exists… yet. But theatres are still fairly quiet. The New York Musical Festival wrapped up its 13th season and The New York International Fringe Festival (August 12-28) is about to get underway. But we suggest using those frequent flyer miles and getting out of dodge so this month’s picks cross state (and country) lines!

(l to r) Rachel York and Betty Buckley in 'Gray Gardens.' (Photo: Craig Schwartz via The Broadway Blog.)

(l to r) Rachel York and Betty Buckley in ‘Gray Gardens.’ (Photo: Craig Schwartz via The Broadway Blog.)

Grey Gardens
Who can forget Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson’s Tony Award-winning performances in Grey Gardens. You just may after seeing Rachel York and Betty Buckley take on the roles of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ most eccentric relatives. Their notorious recluse and fall from society (captured in the 1975 documentary by the same name) is newly restaged by director Michael Wilson at Center Theatre Group.

Grey Gardens
Center Theatre Group
135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
Through August 14

Marriott Lincolnshire

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
There’s a reason why this musical about the rise of fictional character J. Pierrepont Finch up the corporate ladder is constantly revived. The musical won seven Tony awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. This fantastic score by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows gets a theatre-in-the round (or square, in this case) interpretation at one of Chicago’s longstanding dinner theatres. Directed by Don Stephenson.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Marriott Theatre
Ten Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire
Opening night: August 31

"The Naked Magicians" (Photo: London Theatre Direct via The Broadway Blog.)

“The Naked Magicians” (Photo: London Theatre Direct via The Broadway Blog.)

The Naked Magicians
Admittedly, we’re going below the belt for our third pick of the month, but hey—sometimes it’s nice to get a bit naughty. The show features magic, mirth and a touch of mayhem as these two hilarious Aussie magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level.

Stripping away the top hats and capes (and the rest of their attire as well), The Naked Magicians’ juicy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing full frontal illusions and a new meaning to “now you see it…” Good magicians don’t need sleeves and great magicians don’t need pants. This show proves just that.

The Naked Magicians
Trafalgar Studios, London
Opening night: August 31