Lifelong theater-goers, or the obsessive-compulsive (they do go together), often strive to see an entire cycle of Shakespeare's 37 plays during their lifetimes. The challenge doesn't come from Hamlet, Macbeth, or A Midsummer Night's Dream, which you likely can take in during any season in the Twin Cities. No, the real thrill comes in seeing a production of something like Titus Andronicus (check), Pericles (check), or Cymbeline (not yet). The Classical Actors Ensemble offers audiences the first chance in 18 years to see a professional production of All's Well That Ends Well. There's more to the production than just catching a rare bit of the Bard, however. The new group is dedicated to recreating an authentic theater-going experience. That means open staging, no fancy lighting, and between-act entertainment, but with an updated look to Edwardian England. The play mixes tragedy and comedy as Helena travels to Paris to follow her true love, Bertram, to the capital after the King has taken ill. Joseph Papke directs, and the company features the talents of Danielle Siver as Helena, Christopher Kehoe as Parolles, Janet Hanson as the Countess, and David Darrow as Bertram. For more info, visit www.classicalactorsensemble.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: May 6. Continues through May 21, 2011