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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Shakespeare in the Park Sunday

Photos from the 2015 production of "Romeo and Juliet".
Plenty of shade to view the play in comfort.
For the second year in a row, Plainfield residents and theater buffs can see a free abridged production of a Shakespeare classic -- this year "Twelfth Night".

Those who think of tragedy (Hamlet) or historical dramas (the Henry plays) may need to remind themselves that the Bard was a master of comedy also. Twelfth Night is a classic comedy of mistaken identity and is chock full of outrageous and memorable characters -- such as Malvolio, Sir Andrew Aquecheek and Sir Toby Belch.

These summer productions are by Next Stage Ensemble, the NJ Shakespeare Theater's summer touring company comprised of early career actors. With seasoned professionals offering individual attention, clear instruction, and thoughtful evaluation, you can see tomorrow's stage stars before they hit the big time.

The performance is free and starts at 2:00 PM Sunday (July 24) on the lawn adjacent to the Shakespeare Garden at Cedar Brook Park. Bring lawn chairs and snacks (no alcoholic beverages allowed in the park), and enjoy. Though it is expected to be hot and sunny, there is plenty of room to sit under the trees and get a glorious view.

Shakespeare in The Park is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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