Savoring summer, on stage

by OFA Staff

OFA Program Associate Stephanie Troisi offers her tip on a terrific summer arts outing—right here on Harvard's campus.

When you think of summer things to do, you may not necessarily think theater. Why would you, when you can take a Duck Tour, ride on the Swan Boats or hear music on the Esplanade (including Harvard's Summer Pops Band this Sunday, July 25 at 3 pm)?

For those of you who, like me, melt in humidity and have hair that grows the size of Texas because of it, don’t forget that right in Harvard Square theater is indeed an option thanks to Harvard-Radcliffe Summer Theatre (HRST). Students have been putting on productions of new works, old classics, and musicals since 1980. In fact, I remember seeing a production of Evita on the Loeb Drama Center Mainstage in the mid-80’s that was great!

This year, HRST is tackling three shows, Speech & Debate by Stephen Karam, Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing and the Rocky Horror Show—in the flesh, not the screen, hence no "Picture" in the title. (If you missed Speech & Debate, that’s too bad, since when do folks get a chance to see Abraham Lincoln and Mary Warren—of Salem witch trial infamy—dance together to George Michael’s "Faith"?)

Performances of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing continue through this weekend. If you haven’t seen this show yet, go. Stoppard’s wonderful facility with words and dialogue dazzles, and the play’s exploration of honesty in relationships continues to have something to say to audiences. After that, I’m looking forward to getting out my fishnet stockings (well, maybe not) and joining a "Time Warp" dance line at Rocky Horror.

So forget about communing with nature—there’s plenty of time for that in the fall with the foliage and such. Get thee to the theater!

Performances of The Real Thingcontinue through July 24 at the Loeb Drama Center Experimental Theatre, 64 Brattle St. The Rocky Horror Show runs July 30-August 13; information and tickets available through the Harvard Box Office.