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Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park
3655 Church Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043
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87 events
34 reviews
10 stars
Bring your own picnic-type chair, if you have one. The venue provides chairs, but they are less than comfy.
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19 events
15 reviews
6 stars
I love these productions and the setting
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"Much Ado About Nothing"
17 ratings
4.6 average rating
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115 events
4 reviews
30 stars
attended Jun 18 2010

I had never been to PFI Historic Park. It was delightful.
The play and the actors were excellent

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Laura Red Velvet
15 events
4 reviews
41 stars
attended Jun 11 2010

Perfect setting for Shakespeare!

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87 events
34 reviews
8 stars
attended Jun 11 2010

An entertaining evening if you want to get out and enjoy nice weather. The setting is an odd mix of plastic chairs and picnic tables and spots for blankets (limited and to the side of the stage), so it's neither a full-fledged lawn area or seating...continued

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Much Ado About Nothing features the beloved characters of Beatrice and Benedick who engage in a “merry war” of caustic wit before they are tricked into admitting their well-disguised love.  Funny, sexy, and heartbreaking, it is everyone’s favorite Shakespeare comedy.  Director Ryan Whinnem’s production will be set during the 1930s Spanish Civil War.  Whinnem has been directing on area stages for more than a dozen years and served as Artistic Director at Baltimore’s well-regarded Mobtown Players, he recently completed his Masters in Theatre, Directing at Catholic University in Washington, DC.

In addition to performances, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company In-The-Ruins features pre-show entertainment that includes musicians, jugglers and stage combat demonstrations to engage the many picnickers who arrive early to enjoy the sights and sounds at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. The gates open 90 minutes before show time for picnicking.