William Shakespeare wrote about the struggle for power in the castles of monarchs, but also reveled in the struggle to bed a wench or steal a purse, and has seldom done this more amusingly than in the farce . Speaking of theft, Will stole the entire plot, about twins separated at birth, from a Latinlanguage comedy by Plautus, but this just shows Will’s keen appreciation of comic genius. There are not one but two sets of identical twins, two masters and two servants. When the master and servant twins raised in Syracuse travel to Ephesus, where their twins reside, hilarity ensues with mistaken identities. Once looked down upon as just a farce, though a brilliant one, the work is now celebrated for its social significance, but that doesn’t get in the way of the fun. In cooperation with Harris County Precinct 4, Shakespeare in the Shade presents four performances of this delightful romp outdoors.
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7:30 p.m. March 28 and 29, 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 5. Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith Road, Tomball. For information, call 713-755-6444 or visit shakespeareintheshade.org. Free.
March 28-29, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 5, 2 & 7:30 p.m., 2014