For their eighteenth season of Free Shakespeare on the Common, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents the comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
"Two Gents" tells the tale of two friends who leave their hometown of Verona to find their happy fortunes in Milan. Instead, they find temptation, trickery, and trouble as they vie for favor with the high-society Duke...and his debutante daughter. All are drawn into a web of disguise and secrecy where the last thing anyone wants is for the truth to surface. Inspired by Rat Pack-era Vegas (the glamour, the hedonism, and the morning after agonies), the production brings new meaning to the line "what happens in Milan, stays in Milan."
Free Shakespeare on the Common is an annual Boston tradition that started in 1996 when CSC Artistic Director Steven Maler collaborated with the City of Boston, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs to present a free outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Copley Square. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is dedicated to educating Boston’s youth, not only about Shakespeare, but about their own potential for creativity by performing the works of William Shakespeare in contemporary productions presented free of charge.
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