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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

William Shakespeare never had a Twitter account, but there’s no doubt he’s trending—at least in Whatcom and Skagit counties, where his words and his works are set to sparkle on stages throughout much of the summer.

For Shakespeare Northwest’s 18th annual Skagit River Shakespeare Festival, that stage will once again be the natural environs of the Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheater. This will be the ninth year the company with the motto of performing “outdoors and under the stars, the way it was meant to be” will dazzle audiences in the former quarry—a rock-walled space surrounded by trees that feels both ancient and alive. The mystical woods are the perfect place to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which opens the season Fri., July 19 and plays in repertory with the 1980s-themed Twelfth Night through Aug. 17. If you have the stamina, see both the comedies—along with the ensemble’s touring parks show, Once Upon A Shakespearean Tale—Sat., July 27 as part of “Ironman.” Bring along a picnic, and make a day (and night) of it. Cost: $12-$15 ($40 for Ironman). More info: http://www.facebook.com/ShakesNW or www.brownpapertickets.com

For its second offering of the summer, Haus of Hazard Theatre Productions will also present one of the Bard’s works in the great outdoors. The epic and bloody tale of Macbeth can be seen at 7:30pm July 25-27 at the Fairhaven Outback Theater at Western Washington University—a forested space that can be found in between Buchanan Towers and the Fairhaven College dorms. Bring along lawn chairs, blankets and whatever other weather-appropriate gear is needed, and then find out more about the company’s mission to bring a new form of educational, accessible theater to the masses. The gear will also come in handy when the “Shakespearience” continues with the comedic Much Ado About Nothing at 7:30pm Aug. 1-3 at the Boulevard Park Amphitheater. Cost: By donation; proceeds go to NAMI. More info: http://www.facebook.com/hausofhazard

The following week, Blaine Community Theater ups the ante when it opens The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at the Black Box Theater in the new Blaine High School building. From Aug. 9-17, the comedy by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield will parody the wily writer’s masterworks in spectacularly shortened and merged form. If you’ve ever wanted to see the entirety of Hamlet in under a minute, for example, this is the show for you. Along with plenty of audience interaction and improvisation, the production promises to explore all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays within a scant 90 minutes. With a guarantee like that, you’d be a fool to miss it. Cost: $13-$15. More info: http://www.blainecommunitytheater.com

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