Shakespeare’s “Verona,” the Original RomCom, Opens This Month

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Bard behavior: Shakespeare was an insightful fellow, and there's a lot we can learn from his works even today – including the stylistic appeal of the codpiece. (KalinaSoftware via Flickr)

Maybe what we’re lacking these days in our iThis, Facebook-that society is some meat, some substance.

Well, you can’t get any more meaty or substantive than the Bard, who authored much of the Western canon of literature and drama. And guess what? If Kim Kardashian gets married, divorced and married again in the next 12 months, I DON’T CARE!

OK, she’s pretty. Shut up.

That out of the way, renters in Northwest really are lucky, you know? There are two places that feature Shakespearean plays in the District: the Folger Shakespeare Library and the organization we’ll be featuring today, the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s mission “is to present classic theatre of scope and size in an imaginative, skillful and accessible American style that honors the playwrights’ language and intentions while viewing their work though a 21st-century lens.”

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Of course, man cannot live on Shakespeare alone, so the Shakespeare Theatre Company puts on other productions as well, as their 2011-2012 season attests. And they’ve been at it awhile: It’s the company’s 25th anniversary.

From January 17 to March 4, you should treat yourself to “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” Directed by PJ Paparelli, this is thought to be one of the Bard’s earliest works.


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Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

It’s a story of two friends, Valentine and Proteus, who fall for the same gal, Silvia, and all the machinations that take place because of it. Finally, a romantic comedy that doesn’t star Julia Roberts or Jennifer Aniston.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company has two venues located just around the corner from each other in Penn Quarter (to be honest, some may consider the area Chinatown). “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” is being performed at the Lansburgh Theatre location at 450 7th St., N.W. The other venue, the fairly new Sidney Harmon Hall, is close by at 610 F St., opposite Verizon Center.

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Each venue has a gift shop, where you can buy a souvenir if that suits you.

Ticket prices for the event vary, and according to the site, are higher on Fridays and Saturdays. During the week, they go from $39 to $79; on Fridays and Saturdays, they’re $55-$95. Check the site for discounted ticket offerings.

Caring sorts, the folks at the Shakespeare Theatre Company have even put together a Last-Minute Questions page in case you get nervous.

The site also has a pretty remarkable view of seating for each venue.

There are plenty of restaurants in the neighborhood, so you can make a full evening of it, whether you call it Penn Quarter or Chinatown. If you live in these vibrant digs, either one of them, walk on over and see the play.

Area renters can take Metrorail and get off at the Gallery Pl-Chinatown stop on the Red and Green/Yellow Lines.