Everyone’s got the Shakes, part one.

Most prominent of the current All Bard, All The Time phenomenon is the Shakespeare Theatre’s annual free-for-all, this year again presenting Love’s Labor Lost. I’m always a little skeptical of modernizations of Shake’s work, at least when the original language is preserved. Sure, retelling The Taming of the Shrew in a high school can be effective when you reset the entire work and write your own dialog. But for every effective modern setting, Elizabethan prose staging of Romeo and Juliet you get a horrific Hamlet. If WaPo reviewer Peter Marks is to be believed, however, this one’s in the successful camp. I’m sojourning with some of our western Metblogs cities, however, do I won’t be back to see it till the 31st. I can say with absolute certainty, however, that it’s certain to be worth more than you paid to see it.

There’s three locations to get those free tickets, plus the web. If you work downtown and your arrival time is a little flexible you’re probably best off hitting the WaPo location. It’s the earliest opening at 8:30 am so you can queue up and if you fail there’s another shot for you at Noon at the other two locations. Get your sweetie to try the online source in the morning while you’re waiting at WaPo so you can double your chances.

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