Why do hipsters love Shakespeare?

If you are feeling like some Shakespeare (or Shakespeare inspired), like right now, you are in luck. NYC is in the middle of a Shakesplosion, check it out:

A Midsummer Night's Dream 

Julie Taymor's latest. It's got fairies and lovers. It's in Brooklyn. $20 #ticketsTheatre for a New Audience Fort Greene, Brooklyn thru Jan 12

Romeo and Juliet 

With Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad. The greatest love story... or tragedy? $20 #studentticketsRichard Rogers Theatre Midtown Manhattan


With Ethan Hawke. What happens when we are willing to kill to get ahead? $32 #ticketsVivian Beaumonte Theatre Upper West Side, Manhattan thru Jan 12

Twelfth Night // Richard III 

Coming from London. It has Mark Rylance. Two shows in the same theatre, alternating times. Both plays performed by the same group of guys. Yeah, even the guys play the girls roles. $25 #ticketsBelasco Theatre Midtown Manhattan


Four actors tackle the 20+ roles in Hamlet. So much angst: "To be or not to be." $25 #studentticketsLynn Redgrave Theatre NOHO, Manhattan thru Mar 2 

A Piece of Work: A Machine-made Hamlet 

"Based on a sophisticated algorithm that generates a new version of the play nightly" $20 #ticketsBAM Fisher-Fishman Space Fort Greene, Brooklyn Dec 18-21 

Antony and Cleopatra 

"Set in the late 1700s against the backdrop of Saint-Domingue, on the eve of the Haitian Revolution against the French" $25 #studenttickets and $20 #rushticketsPublic Theater NOHO, Manhattan Feb 18-Mar 23

Twelfth Night, or What You Will 

"An uproarious world of drunkards and wine drenched parties, depressive noblemen and dueling musicians, idiots and veteran jesters, religious zealots and erotic misunderstandings" Abrons Arts Center Lower East Side, Manhattan Feb 4-23

King Lear

Classic tale of a mad old man. Can you put a price on love? Should you? Theatre for a New Audience Fort Greene, Brooklyn Mar 14-May 4

Richard III 

National Theatre of China's production NYU Skirball Center West Village, Manhattan June