Fill up on the classics with today's side deal: for $9, you get admission to Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Shakespeare in the Park in Royal Oak, staged by Water Works Theatre Company (an $18 value). The performance is held at Starr Jaycee Park, located in Royal Oak. Your ticket is redeemable for any performance through the show's run, which ends on August 8, 2010. Performances are on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 3 p.m.
Shakespeare in the Park in Royal Oak bills itself as Michigan's only professional outdoor Shakespeare event, and for two remaining weekends this summer, the professional players will take to the open-air stage in a re-imagined version of the Bard's classic comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The 1960s-styled production features a cast of actors that bring the 16th-century play to life through vibrant, sleek, Mod-motifs. The lawn-style seating of the outdoor theater allows visitors to bring blankets or lawn-chairs to enjoy the arts in casual, summer style, with free parking nearby. Water Works is offering a special August 6 performance of the production, specifically designed for the hearing-impaired, in which costumed members of TerpTheatre's shadow actors interpret the lines onstage while the action plays out.