This past weekend my friends and I went to see Moliere's "The School for Husbands", performed by the fantastic New York Classical Theater. What they do is called panoramic theater. The location becomes the set, and the audience follows actors from scene to scene. This is the fourth* panoramic play I've attended over the past 2 years. It's so much enjoyment! And it's free. And it's in the midst of weeping willows of the Central Park, lit by the setting sun and distant flickering of the city. A stunning setting for a beautiful happening. You get a feeling that you're in on a secret with the crowd that showed up at an appointed hour of 7 o'clock at 103rd street and CPW. All of a sudden, flamboyantly costumed actors materialize and suck you into their dialogue. From that moment on, you're mezmorized for the next hour. The smile does not leave your face. And when it's over, you wish it would start all over again. It's that good.
The performance of "The School for Husbands" takes place the entire month of June, Thursdays/Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights at 7pm if it doesn't rain.
* Here are the other three panoramic plays I've seen and drawn in the past 2 years, all staged by the New York Classical Theater in New York: