The New York Scene: Summer in the City

The season's extra hours of daylight are a welcome excuse to experience Manhattan after the shows.

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TAKE A SEAT: At the Lincoln Center Festival, “Monkey: Journey to the West” is a feast for the senses that is based on the Chinese folktale “Journey to the West,” which dates to 1592. Opera and film director Chen Shi-Zheng created the extravaganza with music by Blur’s lead singer Damon Albarn, and design and animation by award-winning artist Jamie Hewlett. “The Blind,” an a cappella opera created by Russian-born composer and pianist Lera Auerbach, offers another immersive experience in that audience members will be blindfolded throughout the one-act performance

As part of the River to River Festival, choreographer Luciana Achugar is leading “Feeling Is Believing,” a guided walk-dance performance through lower Manhattan. At the Pier 17 Storefront, 600 Highwaymen is presenting “This Great Country,” a fresh take on Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” Actor Wallace Shawn and director André Gregory will celebrate their 40-years-strong stage work by staging “The Designated Mourner” at the Public Theater.

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