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Shakespeare on the Common, Boston, during July

Posted by Jen Clark Estes  June 21, 2013 09:17 AM

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Tamir Kalifa for The Boston Globe

Matt Perusse, Alex Boyle, and Sarah Kouhaila watch the Commonwealth Shakespeare production of "Coriolanus" on the Boston Common last season.

Back for its 18th season of Shakespeare under the stars, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company will present "Two Gentlemen of Verona" on various dates during July at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. The production 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 -- least of all the dog. 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..." Several thousand people can view the show, but the seats closest to the stage are usually claimed early in the evening. Reserved seating is available through the website. Shows are cancelled during lightening or heavy storms. Various dates from July 6-28. Performances are usually 7 & 8 p.m. Check website for complete schedule. Free. Boston Common, Boston. www.commshakes.org

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