- $7 for one general-admission ticket (up to $14 value)
- $12 for two general-admission tickets (up to $28 value)
All’s Well That Ends Well
‘Twere all one
That I should love a bright particular star
And think to wed it, he is so above me.
Helena loves Bertram. The feeling is not mutual. Lucky for her, when she uses the skills she learned from her late father, a doctor, to heal the ailing King of France, she’s rewarded with the chance to marry any young man in the country. She chooses the King’s son—Bertram, of course—but the Prince soon expresses his feeling about the marriage by joining the army, setting some ridiculous conditions, and hightailing it out of France.
Thus begins one of Shakespeare’s “Problem Plays,” so called because they’re the problem children of his canon: by turns funny and tragic, yet always difficult to pin down. There are the twists and turns of one of the Bard’s comedies—mistaken identity, trickery in the night, and more—but there’s also darkness aplenty, as an endearing heroine throws herself into danger for the sake of a fellow that audiences don’t tend to like. Therein lies perhaps this problem play’s biggest problem: Helena is all brains, wit, and courage, while Bertram’s selfish actions seem wholly unsympathetic. The performers, however, tend to wriggle with delight at the ambiguity of this rarely produced script, since it allows them explore conflicting motivations and dive wholeheartedly into gender role-reversals.
Theatre at Grand Valley
The official theater of Grand Valley State University takes drama seriously. With a small student-to-faculty ratio and instructors who necessitate hands-on experience, the learning troupe produces plays that range from Urinetown: The Musical to Shakespearean tragedies. And the company's love for theatre in all its forms spills beyond the stage, too, with the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival every fall celebrating Shakespearean values such as maintaining professionalism and a waxed goatee. The results of this immersion speak for themselves: alumni have gone on to work at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, stage manage MGM Grand in Las Vegas, appear in a BMW commercial, and write a book about improvising.