Anyone who took English in high school will remember naughty Falstaff, Shakespeares funniest clown. He shows up in three of the Bards plays a sort of overgrown frat-house fool. In The Merry Wives of Windsor, Falstaff is at his naughtiest. The silly Shakespearian comedy about love and bad behavior follows Falstaff as he tries to get money in nefarious ways. Down on his luck, Falstaff decides hes going to sleep with two of the wealthier wives of the village. Mistress Ford and Mistress Page are true to their husbands, but they both want to teach the old cad a lesson.
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Then theres the jealous Mister Ford, who finds out about Falstaffs cockamamie plan. And, since this is Shakespeare, the entire plot is complicated by the tale of Anne Page, the daughter who is in love with a man her parents dont like. In comedy, love always wins the day, but with Shakespeare, there are lots of mistaken identities, fairies in the forests and dueling lovers to complicate the path to amor. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. February 27. Through March 12. Theater Southwest, 8944 Clarckcrest. For information, call 713-661-9505 or visit www.theatresouthwest.org. $16.
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