Her Ladyship

Notes from the gutter.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Free for all y'all

Last night, I went to the Shakespeare Free for All at Carter Barron. I'd never been to either of those events and both of them surpassed my expectations. Carter Barron is an outdoor ampitheater on the fringe of DC's border with Maryland. It's surrounded by a lot of trees, which makes you feel like you've hiked into the middle of the woods, instead of being a few miles from downtown DC. Even better: they allow you to bring in booze, just as long as it's not in glass bottles. So we had a great picnic dinner before the play. I washed back three kinds of cheese and garlic-stuffed olives with lots of red wine, so I was happy.

The play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” was the same one I’d gone to see at the Shakespeare theater last year. Had the same cast, staging, everything. It was interesting to see how it translated from an indoor to an outdoor setting. I thought it did very well, particularly as the play takes place in the woods and the ampitheater makes you feel like you're in the middle of a forest. Very appropriate.

It was a really fantastic evening, particularly because of the spectacular weather and the relative absence of bugs. DC peeps, hustle down there because the Free for All lasts only through next weekend. And ladies, according to RUMINT, the fairy king is on the market. Hubba hubba. You don't want to miss that opportunity.


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