Friday, May 15, 2009

The Merry Wives of Windsor

These are not desperate housewives.

And even if they were desperate housewives, Alice Ford and Meg Page still wouldn’t be desperate enough to fall for Sir John Falstaff.

Low on funds but with his appetites and waistline as large as ever, the lovable scoundrel has hit on a new scheme: seduce the wives of two of Windsor’s leading citizens and have access to their husbands’ finances. What could go wrong?

Plenty, after Alice and Meg find out that Falstaff has written identical "love" letters to them both.

Plenty more, after two of Falstaff’s men inform the husbands, Frank Ford and George Page, of Falstaff’s plans.

What follows are disguises, bribes, dirty laundry, insane jealousy, a plunge into the River Thames, transvestism, and much ado about horns.

All this and more awaits you when The Flatwater Shakespeare Company presents The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare’s own BritCom, in the open-air Swan Theatre at Wyuka Cemetery and Park, 3600 O Street in Lincoln, beginning Thurs., June 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Performances continue Fri.-Sun., June 5-7; and Thurs.-Sun., June 11-14 and 18-21. All show times are 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. Call 473-2897 for reservations.

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