Shakespeare is known for his comedies and his tragedies; less popular are his “problem plays,” which start off as tragedies but finish with a happy ending. One such work is The Winter’s Tale. The very complicated story follows King Leontes, who believes that his pregnant wife Hermione has had an affair with his best friend. This is all craziness, but that doesn’t stop the king from imprisoning his wife and banishing the daughter she gives birth to in prison. Later, the king realizes the error of his ways, but it’s too late. His wife is dead and his daughter is gone. Lucklily, the daughter was found and saved by a shepherd. Moving forward 16 years, the daughter has grown up into a gorgeous girl fit for a prince. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Through March 17. Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, visit www.bakershakespeare.org. $5 to $10.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: March 8. Continues through March 17, 2012