Shakespeare's buddy tale

Free show outdoors at HCC

Free show outdoors at HCC

July 13, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

It might be the original buddy tale.

Long before Beavis and Butthead or "Dumb and Dumber," there were Proteus and Valentine.

"The Two Gentleman of Verona" is Shakespeare's tale of two best friends who end up fighting over a young woman and figuring out what it is to go off into the world and become adults, says Becky Kemper, artistic director for the Maryland Shakespeare Festival.

It's a funny, wacky comedy that is relevant, moving and modern despite having been written in the late 16th century, Kemper says.

A free performance of the comedy by the festival's professional actors will be held at 8 p.m. today at Hagerstown Community College's Alumni Amphitheater.


The performance is being presented by the Washington County Arts Council and HCC with the support of the Nora Roberts Foundation.

People don't need to have taken graduate courses to understand Shakespeare's comedy, nor do they need to dress up and leave the kids with the baby sitter to enjoy the show, Kemper says.

"It is neither stuffy nor incomprehensible," she says.

If you go ...

WHAT: Maryland Shakespeare Festival performs "The Two Gentlemen of Verona"

WHEN:8 p.m. Thursday, July 13

WHERE: HCC's Alumni Amphitheater, off Robinwood Drive

COST: Free

MORE: Call 301-791-3132 or go to for more information.

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