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Summer arts preview 2017: Long Island theater

"The Illusionists" comes from Broadway to the Tilles Center on June 1. Photo Credit: Vanessa Viana

RENT (Through June 3, Gateway Playhouse, 215 S. Country Rd., Bellport) The 1996 Pulitzer- and Tony-winning musical inspired by Puccini’s “La Boheme” and created by Jonathan Larson, the Adelphi University alum who died unexpectedly the day his show opened Off-Broadway, is the story of artists struggling in Manhattan’s Alphabet City during the AIDS crisis. 631-286-1133, thegateway.org

ALARMS AND EXCURSIONS (Through June 11, Hampton Theatre Company, Quogue Community Hall, 125 Jessup Ave.) Playwright Michael Frayn, who gave us “Noises Off,” arguably the greatest modern farce in the English language, has another go at making our heads spin deliriously in a collection of short commentaries on technology taking over our lives. 631-653-8955, hamptontheatre.org

OKLAHOMA! (Through June 25, John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, 250 Main St.) The Rodgers and Hammerstein farmers vs. cowboys classic closes out the current season at Long Island’s only year-round Equity company. You get this one free if you buy a season subscription for 2017-18. 631-261-2900, engemantheater.org

THE MAN IN THE CEILING (May 30-June 25, Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor) This world premiere musical comedy based on Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer’s graphic novel of the same title is directed by Jeffrey Seller, the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning producer of “Hamilton.” 631-725-9500, baystreet.org

ANGRY YOUNG MAN (May 31-June 18, John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton) This Brit-com import by Ben Woolf is performed before an onstage audience. Directed by Stephen Hamilton, it’s the story of a Middle Eastern surgeon who moves to the English countryside and learns surprising things about the U.K. as well as himself. 631-324-4050, guildhall.org

THE ILLUSIONISTS: LIVE FROM BROADWAY (June 1, Tilles Center, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville) Fast-paced magic and mirth as seen in the latest Broadway incarnation, “Turn of the Century,” recalls a time when magicians like Harry Houdini were rock stars. The touring show comes to Long Island for one night only. 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org

INTIMATE APPAREL (July 4-30, Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor) Scott Schwartz directs this play by Lynn Nottage, the only woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama twice (“Sweat,” 2017, now on Broadway, and “Ruined,” 2009). It’s about a turn-of-the-last-century African-American seamstress who strikes an alliance with a Hasidic shop owner and makes it big as a designer of lingerie. 631-725-9500, baystreet.org

GREASE (July 6-Aug. 27, John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, 250 Main St.) The ever-popular musical centered around a 1959 high school romance opens the Engeman’s 10th anniversary season. Hit songs from the 1978 movie version, such as “You’re the One That I Want,” are included in this latest of many Long Island productions. 631-261-2900, engemantheater.org

MAMMA MIA! (July 19-Aug. 5, The Gateway at Patchogue Theatre, 71 E. Main St.) Pop hits by the Swedish band ABBA were repurposed at the turn of the millennium for one of the most inventive story lines of any jukebox musical. On the eve of her daughter’s wedding the title Mamma can’t tell her which of three former beaus is her dad. “Only 17, dancing queen . . . ” Who can resist? 631-286-1133, thegateway.org

OUTDOOR THEATER Shakespeare Festival: “Macbeth,” July 2-30, “Much Ado About Nothing,” Aug. 6-27 (Arena Players at Vanderbilt Museum courtyard; 516-293-0674, arenaplayers.org). “Hairspray,” July 8, Heckscher Park, Huntington; July 14, Planting Fields, Oyster Bay. Also “My Fair Lady,” Aug. 12, Heckscher Park; Aug. 19, Planting Fields; Aug. 25, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. (Plaza Theatrical Productions, 516-599-6870, plazatheatrical.com). “Smokey Joe’s Café”: Aug. 4, Heckscher Park, Huntington (BroadHollow Theatre Company, broadhollow.org, 631-581-2700)

And keep in mind . . .

WONDERETTES: DREAM ON (Through June 17, Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St.) The popular jukebox musical series re-emerges in 1969 for the retirement party of the amateur girl group’s favorite homeroom teacher. 631-724-3700, smithtownpac.org

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Through June 24, Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson) Make like a young John Travolta and relive or be introduced to the Bee Gees-fueled disco craze in Theatre Three’s season finale. 631-928-9100, theatrethree.com

PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (June 3-July 8, Noel Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale) First of all, Priscilla is a bus, not a girl. For some of the guys on board, that’s inconsequential. Nevertheless, their musical-comedy trek across Australia is complicated by gender preferences. 631-218-2810, cmpac.com

WEST SIDE STORY and A CHORUS LINE (June 23-July 23 and July 28-Aug. 20, Cultural Arts Playhouse, 170 Michael Dr., Syosset) Double classics — one a Tony and Oscar winner, the other won a Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner — this summer in CAP’s almost-new space. 516-694-3330, culturalartsplayhouse.com

RAGTIME (June 24-July 9, BroadHollow Theatre Company’s BayWay Arts Center, 265 E. Main St., East Islip; Aug. 5-20, BroadHollow Theatre at Elmont, 700 Hempstead Tpke.) Based on the 1975 E.L. Doctorow novel and 1981 movie, this sprawling turn-of-the-last-century musical mixes fiction with history, including such figures as Stanford White, whose descendants still reside in Smithtown. 631-581-2700, 516-775-4420, broadhollow.org

HAIR (June 24-July 16, Merrick Theatre & Center for the Arts, 2222 Hewlett Ave.) What makes the Baby Boom generation so divided, culturally and politically? This 1968 “Age of Aquarius” musical offers a clue. 516-868-6400, merrick-theatre.com

ON THE TOWN (June 28-July 15, Gateway Playhouse, 215 S. Country Rd., Bellport) Wartime sailors are on leave in Manhattan for 24 hours. What could go wrong? Can you sing “New York, New York”? 631-286-1133, thegateway.org

AS YOU LIKE IT (Aug. 8-Sept. 3, Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor) Directed by Tony winner John Doyle with original music by Oscar winner Stephen Schwartz, this coproduction of the Shakespeare comedy gets a new jazz-era look and sound. 631-725-9500, baystreet.org

CIRQUE ELOIZE iD (Aug. 9-13, The Gateway at Patchogue Theatre, 71 E. Main St.) That’s iD, not ID. It’s all about circus stunts, acrobatics and urban dance spun into a theatrical experience based on what your unbridled instincts may want to do. 631-207-1313, thegateway.org

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Aug. 23-Sept. 9, Gateway Playhouse, 215 S. Country Rd., Bellport) Enjoy this classic horror-spoof musical warm-up to The Gateway’s Halloween haunted house extravaganza. Houseplant Audrey II chews the scenery and more. 631-286-1133, thegateway.org

— Steve Parks

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