The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Two Gentlemen of Verona is Shakespeare’s earliest comedy but includes many of the same elements we recognize from his later plays – cross-dressing disguises, madcap comic servants, witty banter and absurd love triangles. Young Proteus bids a tearful goodbye to Verona and his girlfriend Julia to join his lifelong friend Valentine in service of the Duke of Milan, where he immediately falls in love with Valentine’s beloved, Silvia. Julia dresses as a boy, travels to Milan and is employed as Proteus’ page, where she finds herself in the unenviable position of being the liaison between her boyfriend and his new girlfriend. Director Pandora Robertson adds a fairytale setting and a physical style reminiscent of Commedia dell’Arte.
Two Gentlemen of Verona opens June 21-22 at Notre Dame College in South Euclid and then tours in repertory with Measure for Measure until August 4:
6/21-6/22: Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road, South Euclid, OH 44121
6/30: Kulas Stage at Wade Oval, 1 Wade Oval Drive, University Circle, Cleveland, OH, 44107
7/7: Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094
7/14: Shaker Heights Community Colonnade, 3450 Lee Rd., Shaker Heights, OH, 44120
7/21: LCCC Stocker Center for the Arts, 1005 Abbe Rd., Elyria, OH, 44035
7/28: Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave., Lakewood, OH, 44107
8/4: Tremont – Lincoln Park, 1208 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44113
All shows start at 7:00 pm. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and seat themselves prior to each outdoor performance. Rain spaces have been secured for every venue except Wade Oval, allowing performances to proceed rain or shine.
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