Funny, Sexy Shakespeare:
Love’s Labour’s Lost in Odell Park, June 27-July 8
The countdown is now on. Rehearsals are in full flight, costumes are being fitted, and sets built, all in preparation for Bard in the Barracks seventh annual production, Love’s Labour’s Lost, which will take over Odell Park from June 27-July 8.
Love’s Labour’s Lost is Shakespeare at his funniest and sexiest, a comedy that features a truly unconventional battle of the sexes and some of the Bard’s most priceless comic characters and scenes. In the play, the King of Navarre and three of his male friends take a vow of chastity, promising to see no women and devote themselves entirely to study for four years. No sooner have they taken this oath than the Princess of France and her three comely companions appear at the gates of Navarre on a royal visit. What happens next? Well, you can probably imagine… Meanwhile, the comic complications mount as a fantastical Spaniard and a country swain become embroiled in a battle for the heart of a dairy maid, and a pompous schoolmaster attempts to whip a group of comically inept actors into shape to mount a play for the Princess. If love truly is a battlefield, Love’s Labour’s Lost presents the most absurd and laughable outcomes of the carnage.
This Bard in the Barracks production will have a Mad Men flavor, with the play set in an Ivy League college in the early 60s era of skinny ties, JFK, and Marilyn Monroe. Expect fab fashions and fab music … and maybe even some dancing Soviet spies too!
What else is new this year? You’ll want to arrive early for our pre-show entertainment featuring vocalist Signa Love singing songs of (what else?) love! If you’d like a great meal out before the show, our restaurant partners Isaac’s Way and The Cedar Tree Café are offering special deals on meals for those attending the play. And for those on a budget, special discounted ticket prices will be in effect for our preview performances June 27 and 28. Regular performances run June 29-July 8 at 7:30 PM nightly, except for Canada Day, July 1. Elsewhere on this site you’ll find full ticket and show details, coming soon.