Summer of Shakespeare

This week

Summer is for Shakespeare and all who profess an abiding affection for the greatest playwright of the English language (yes, it is English).

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park stays faithful with a a 29th season of dramas, histories and comedies at the outdoor Myriad Botanical Gardens Water Stage, 301 W. Reno Ave., Oklahoma City. The “complicated” comedy Measure for Measure opens the season at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6, with a moral leader who compromises a devout young woman caught between her virtue and saving her brother’s life. Set in the late 1960s, Oklahoma Shakespeare presents the dark comedy through June 22. The season includes the light French comedy Ring Round the Moon (June 27-July 13) and two Shakespearian heavies – King John (July 25-28) and King Lear (Sept. 12-28). Tickets are $10-$15 each per show, available at www.oklahomashakespeare.com.

Shakespeare in the Park makes its debut with the delightful Much Ado About Nothing, the comedy of love at first sight, extreme sibling rivalry and the joy of a clever insult all set in post-World War II Tulsa. Show is 8:30-11:30 p.m each night Tuesday, June 11-Sunday, June 16. The 7:30 p.m. pre-show features live 40s music and swing dance from Portico Dans Theatre at the Guthrie Green, 111 E. Brady St. This event is free. Learn more at www.guthriegreen.com.

American Theatre Company mounts the favorite tale of strangers caught in an enchanted woods, the comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream, at the lawn at Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road. The one-night-only show will be 8-10 p.m. Friday, June 7. Tickets are $15-$20. Gates open early at 6:30 p.m., so bring a picnic to enjoy. For more, go to www.philbrook.org.

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