A Guide to “Brooklyn’s Lincoln Center”

The Polonsky Shakespeare Center, the new theater for the celebrated Theatre for a New Audience company, had its grand opening yesterday. Julie Taymor’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, her first work since that whole Spider-Man thing, will play there until January. The Polonsky Center, on Ashland Place, the block between BAM’s two major theaters, is the first theater dedicated to classical drama to open in the city in a generation—and a keystone in the expanding BAM Cultural District, a few square blocks in Fort Greene on the Boerum Hill/Downtown Brooklyn borders that has become the borough’s arts capital. Many theater groups and other cultural organizations house their offices in the area, and several actual theaters—where you can see dance, plays, movies, art and more—are there, too. Here’s a guide to what you can see where.

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  • The Irondale Ensemble does indeed do socially relevant theater, but it ranges from classics of the highest quality to original comany devised work.
    This season come see our 30th Anniversay productions:
    DEAD END, Sidney Kingsley’s 1935 crime drama Oct. 24- Nov 2nd ONLY
    COLOR BETWEEN THE LINES: The Abolitionist Struggle in Brooklyn — an original music theater piece Feb. 5- 15,2014
    MURALS OF ROCKEFELLER CENTER – Diego Rivera, Charles Lindbergh and John Dillinger in a political fantasy devised by the Irondale Ensemble March 7 – 29th
    D-GENERATION from the brilliant puppeteers at Vermont’s Sandglass Theater Feb. 20 – Mar. 1st.