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Author: Gary Zeidner

BOULDER WEEKLY: Review: Get your Bard on

Double your pleasure with CSF comedy

(Above: Can-can dancers Spencer Althoff, Paige Canepa Olson, Naomy Ambroise and Mare Trevathan in “The Comedy of Errors.” Photo by Jennifer M Koskinen.)

The BolderBoulder has already bounded by. Cottonwood tufts blanket the ground like allergy-nightmare snow. Thermometers regularly top out in the 90s and with University of Colorado’s students on break, there’s a bit more elbowroom all around the town. It’s early summer in beautiful Boulder, and that means it’s time for one of the nation’s most renowned and anticipated Shakespeare festivals, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF), to once again dazzle denizens of delightful theatre.

That’s right. It’s time to get your Bard on.

This year’s CSF features five plays, four by Shakespeare himself (The Comedy of ErrorsTroilus and CressidaCymbeline, and Henry VI – Part 2) and one starring a fictionalized version of him (Equivocation).

While the argument will rage eternal as to whether Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, tragicomedies or histories are his best work, it’s no secret that audiences generally respond most warmly to the comedies. It is therefore no surprise that the 2016 CSF opens with the classic and ever-popular farce, The Comedy of Errors.

So seminal are the shenanigans found in The Comedy of Errors that Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers and John Ritter (may he rest in giggling peace) arguably owe their careers to it. For thoughThe Comedy of Errors may have been nearly 400 years old when the sitcom Three’s Company first hit the small screen, its fingerprints are all over the misadventures of the Mr. Roper-dodging roommates Janet, Chrissy and Jack.

As is often the case with Shakespeare productions, the setting of The Comedy of Errors has been modernized…read the full review here.

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Love's Labour's Lost

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Jun 8-Aug 12, 2018

Love's Labour's Lost

By William Shakespeare
Starting at $20

Start your summer with a frothy, funny celebration of love and learning. In the bucolic Kingdom of Navarre, four attractive young men make a pact to s...

Richard III

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Jun 22-Aug 11, 2018

Richard III

By William Shakespeare
Starting at $20

The Bard’s most murderous, malicious and mesmerizing king comes to the CSF indoor stage for the first time. Richard, Edward IV’s deformed ...

Cyrano de Bergerac

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Jul 6-Aug 11, 2018

Cyrano de Bergerac

By Edmond Rostand
Starting at $20

The inspiration behind the hit film “Roxanne,” Edmond Rostand’s timeless romantic comedy has it all: passion, panache and thrilling ...

You Can't Take It With You

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Jul 20-Aug 12, 2018

You Can't Take It With You

By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Starting at $20

Seize the rare opportunity to see a hit screwball comedy on the professional stage. When Alice brings her boyfriend’s traditional, straight-lace...

Edward III

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Aug 5, 2018

Edward III

By William Shakespeare and Thomas Kyd
Starting at $20

CSF’s beloved ‘Original Practices’ tradition continues with the gripping history play that’s been mired in mystery for hundred...