Shakespeare Dallas' Schedule as Hard to Follow as Shakespeare

Shakespeare, by any other name, would be as confusing

I really can’t say I’m a big fan of William Shakespeare. I always found his stuff a bit too flowery and hard to follow. I’m more a Dr. Seuss guy when it comes to rhyming stories.

On the other hand, I do enjoy outdoor events such as concerts at the Dallas Arboretum and the Shakespearean performances staged annually at the Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre.

Events likes those, when you can bring in a blanket, some food, and a cooler full of libations, kind of remind me of the passage, “a loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou,” except that’s not Shakespeare … I don’t particularly care for wine … I’d probably bring fried chicken … and there’s no “thou” in my immediate future. Sigh.

Anyway, Shakespeare in the Park -- brought to the outdoor stage by Shakespeare Dallas -- returns June 16 with a performance of “Cymbeline” at 8:15 p.m., June 16, at the amphitheatre.Tickets throughout the series cost $10.

That show and one the following night -- same time, in fact all performances begin at 8:15 p.m., same place -- serve as previews with the curtain going up on the regular series June 18 and running Sundays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays, June 29-July 24, with additional performances June 19-20, speaking of confusing.

“The Comedy of Errors” comes up next with preview performances June 24-25, opening night June 26, and its regular run Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, June 30-July 23.  There is an additional performance here as well, this time on June 27.

The series closes with “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” playing Sept. 22-26 and Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at the amphitheatre and moving to Addison Circle Park for performances Oct. 6-10 and Oct. 13-17.  These final performances begin promptly at 8 p.m.

Dear God, Shakespeare’s stuff is easier to follow than that schedule.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. Give him “Go, Dogs, Go” any day.

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