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Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park
3655 Church Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 17 members
Review from Phoebe
88 events 34 reviews

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

reviewed Jun 11 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Barbara Jeffe
33 events 12 reviews

We really enjoyed it. They tell you to bring chairs, but there were enough chairs for everyone, so we had to find a place to stow our chairs we dragged there. The venue was lovely, high on a hill among the ruins of the Patuxant Female Institue. We...continued

reviewed Jul 04 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from David Paualson
118 events 4 reviews

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

reviewed Jun 18 2010 report as inappropriate
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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.

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