A great weekend for Shakespeare

This is a great weekend to see some Shakespeare, and plays connected to Shakespeare’s great works. (And if Shakespeare isn’t to your taste, there are other local theatrical choices; the classic musical Hello Dolly opened at Muhlenberg College this week, while the amazing and interesting Studs Terkel based musical Working opens next weekend at Dutch Country Playhouse in Telford.)

This is the final weekend to see I Hate Hamlet at Montgomery Theater in Souderton (which might make for a nice compromise between those who love Shakespeare and those who avoid the plays). The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, held every year at DeSales University (2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA) produces varied works which this year includes Around the World in 80 Days (closing this weekend), the comedy The Foreigner  (which opened this week), where

a pathologically shy Englishman named Charlie takes a much-needed holiday to a rural fishing lodge in Georgia with his good friend, Froggy. When Froggy informs the other inhabitants of the lodge that Charlie speaks no English in order to avoid unwanted conversation, the cast of outrageous characters freely reveals to him one secret after another, unleashing intrigue, outrage, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

and (finally) Henry V (July 16 – August 2, 2015.

But the best Shakespearean choice this weekend has to be  the free outdoor performance of The Tempest, on stage at the amphitheater in Green Lane Park (Corner of Deep Creek Road and Synder Road, Green Lane, PA)  for one night only, Saturday, July 11, 2015. The free performance by the Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company begins at 7 p.m.

Unless it rains, in which case you might just drive a little farther up the road to the Church of the Holy Spirit, 2871 Barndt Road, Harleysville (Barndt and Route 63) for the second in the free Summer Recital Series, beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 11th;

In the second concert of Seth Trumbore’s Summer Recital Series, Seth will perform in collaboration with Erica Cherry, clarinetist, for a program including works by Brahms, Gershwin, Milhaud, Vaughan Williams, and more. Erica attended Carnegie Mellon University and received her BFA with a major in clarinet performance. She continued her studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she completed her MM in Clarinet Performance.

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