It's no secret that romantic comedies are crowd-pleasing money-makers. And though many might think of a Julia Roberts or Meg Ryan flick at the mention of the genre, romantic comedies are hardly a new thing. A Midsummer Night's Dream is an excellent example of how the rom-com has spanned centuries. The story involves many of the same gimmicks we see in movies today: love triangles, mistaken identity, lovers being idiotic, and a good dose of self-referential meta (the play does, after all, conclude with a play within a play). Some may even call Shakespeare's play a blockbuster; it is one of his most popular works, and still gets laughs as it is performed and adapted throughout the world. So this Thursday put down that dismal Kate Hudson DVD you Netflixed and back away from those scatterbrained flakes on Grey's Anatomy and enjoy some live, comedic drama on the stage. Tonight's show includes Summit beer and brats from Cue, to be consumed heartily on the outdoor riverfront patio before the show.
Thu., June 19, 5:30 p.m., 2008