Shake­spearean clas­sics with a mod­ern twist

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THE­ATRE | Shake­speare in High Park To Sept. 2, High Park Am­phithe­atre

Love, both comic and tragic, is in the (open) air this sum­mer as Shake­speare in High Park cel­e­brates its 36th sea­son. Romeo and Juliet’s time­less tale of star­crossed lovers gets a con­tem­po­rary ur­ban edge in di­rec­tor Frank Cox-O’Con­nell’s stag­ing, which par­al­lels the play’s vi­o­lent fam­ily ri­valry with to­day’s soc­cer-hooli­gan cul­ture. Tanja Ja­cobs’ Fellini-in­spired A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream re­lo­cates the com­edy’s en­chanted lovers and fairies to a 1950s Ital­ian amuse­ment park.

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