Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A midsummer night's play

Actor's Theatre of Columbus has a lovely Shakespeare in the Park summer series every year, held at Schiller Park near German Village. Back in August, we went to see As You Like It, which now holds the record for the Shakespeare play I've seen performed live the most (three times). This production was a little unusual in that life-sized puppet-type figures (held or carried by the actors who voiced their parts) were used for some supporting roles. The below picture shows one of the actors with two of the puppets:

Folks who sit on the lawn have to watch from their blankets; folks beyond the sidewalk can sit on whatever chairs they bring. We went with some friends and we all brought picnic dinners. Some among us may have broken the open-container law and brought some wine, but I wouldn't know about that.

It was a clear and lovely summer evening with a warm breeze and very few bugs; with the fun play, the good actors, and fine company, we couldn't have asked for a better time, and it was free to boot. As a plus, the handsome male lead, Ryan Hooks, stopped by to visit with our sociable group before the show.

Weren't we lucky?

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