Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona, Under the Stars at the Festival Amphitheatre
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Shakespeare Orange County brings the Bard's whimsical story of romance, mischief and magic to the perfect setting of the Polynesian islands circa the 1700s, with the help of the award-winning local dance group, Hitia O Te Ra. This South Seas version of the classic comedy -- performed outdoors at the Festival Amphitheatre -- features more than 50 dancers, including some adorable little sprites and such, along with traditional music. The story follows four young lovers into the jungle where they become the unwitting victims in a lover's quarrel between the king and queen of faeries. When a group of local rustics rehearsing a play there also gets caught up in the madness, the comical snarl of spells seems impossible to sort out. But with fairies and sprites all around, it just takes a little more magic and, as Puck puts it, "all is mended." Learn More
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Featured review from Robert TingleyRed Velvet
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The cast was well spoken and the performance was only diminished by my lack of familiarity with the Shakespearean dialogue. It seemed mostly true to the book although the production was a mix of period costume and contemporary dress. I liked the venue and enjoyed the picnic prior to the play in the adjoining park. We were also pleased that we were allowed to bring what remained of the bottle of wine inside (although I think we were the only couple that did)... It is a very intimate setting and I once inside was well protected from the evening breeze.
Directed by Carl Reggiado
More fun than a hayride! Two guys, two girls, two cities, and a dog!
This play has love vs. friendship, male bonding, a conniving protagonist, and tricksterism at its best. Throw in a pastoral forest, a gang of outlaws, and a cross-dressing heroine — all performed with youthful energy, and you’ve got one heck of an evening of fun.
Two Gentlemen of Verona was the first of Shakespeare’s plays in which he used the device of the heroine dressing as a boy.