Shakespearean comedy in Forest Park (May 20 to June 14)

May 19, 2009

The Merry Wives of Windsor begin their romp through Forest Park tomorrow (May 20). The Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis is always one of the highlights of my summer. It’s a free night of intelligent entertainment in a lovely setting that I don’t have to maintain myself (and thus I don’t feel guilty about kicking back with a glass of wine rather than pulling weeds). My mom, a former high school English teacher well versed in Shakespeare, has been in town to join me the past few years, as she will be this year, and she’s the perfect companion.

I love my kids dearly, but to this event, M. and S. are not invited.  Many families do bring their children, and kids of all ages are welcome, but I’ve found that the 8 p.m. start is too late for my guys to be out — and they’d never in a million years calmly fall asleep on the blanket like some kids do!  So we’d be leaving early, and that would disappoint me because the Shakespeare Festival is always so very good.

Last year’s show was plagued by rain and drew only 35,000 visitors, but so far this year the weather forecast is promising, and organizers expect more than 50,000 to come see the Merry Wives in a 1920s setting. This may sound a little strange, but I’m willing to trust them after the successful adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing as a Western in 2007.

A few notes on logistics: Parking’s always at a premium, so arrive a little early and picnic while you wait. There will once again be a green show, starting at 6:30 p.m., and it will include a 20-minute performance summarizing the plot as well as minstrel-type jugglers and musicians. There will be some food and beverages available for purchase, or you can bring your own. There are no shows on Tuesdays, and the festival ends on June 14.

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2 Responses to “Shakespearean comedy in Forest Park (May 20 to June 14)”

  1. Clay Brigham Says:

    What time does the play start?

  2. mom22kids Says:

    It starts at 8 p.m.

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