I've not seen Merry Wives before, although I did see a version of an opera based on the play (by one of my other favorite outdoor theater troupes, Mixed Precipitation, who this year is performing The Clemency of Tito’s Tennis Club: A Picnic Operetta at area parks and gardens August 11 - September 29). The plot centers around Sir John Falstaff who, in need of money, decides to woo two wealthy married women. But he doesn't count on them being smart enough to see through the ruse, and turn the tables on him. One of the merry wives has a daughter with three potential husbands, and there are the usual assortment of smart and wily Shakespearean servants to help stir the plot. It's a whole lot of silly fun, performed in a broadly comedic style by the large and likable cast.
|Fastaff and the Merry Wives (Clare Boyd, Joe Wiener, and
Eli Sibly, photo by Travis Voels)
|photo by Travis Voels