2014 Utah Shakespeare Festival offers a 'smorgasbord'

Published: Saturday, June 21 2014 3:40 p.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, June 20 2014 5:34 p.m. MDT

Show times: Days vary Monday through Saturday, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. and evening performances at 8 p.m.

Location: Randall L. Jones Theatre

Price: $31-$69 Monday through Wednesday and $36-$73 Thursday through Saturday

Content advisory: Utah Shakespeare Festival’s website indicates that the show is suitable for most audiences but states that it does “contain the Bard’s usual innuendo and double entendres and some violence."

“Measure for Measure”

Inward and societal battles between good and evil ensue in this “seldom-produced but daring ‘dark comedy,’ ” according to the festival’s website. The duke of Vienna temporarily leaves Lord Angelo in charge but remains nearby in disguise to observe the lord’s increasingly corrupt actions.

Angelo sentences a man to prison for impregnating a woman out of wedlock, and the man’s sister, Isabella, temporarily puts her intentions to become a nun on hold to help her brother. Isabella, the epitome of virtue, is offered a deal for her brother’s freedom in exchange for succumbing to the lord’s unchaste desires.

• Runs: June 24-Aug. 29

• Show times: Days vary Monday through Saturday, with all performances at 8 p.m.

• Location: Adams Shakespearean Theatre

• Price: $31-$69 Monday through Wednesday and $36-$73 Thursday through Saturday.

Content advisory: The festival’s website offers the reminder that the show does “contain the Bard’s usual innuendo and double entendres and some violence.

“The Comedy of Errors”

The Utah Shakespeare Festival takes Shakespeare’s tale and gives it an 1849 California Gold Rush twist.

Antipholus and his slave Dromio travel the dusty roads to a nearby town only to be utterly confused. Everyone there seems to know them, yet they know nothing about these people. Little do they know that they each have a long-lost twin, also a master named Antipholus and his slave Dromio, who actually live in the town. Each twin is mistaken for the other in a series of comedic events that lead to alleged theft and even imprisonment as they attempt to understand the peculiar situation at hand.

"The Comedy of Errors" is this year's Festival Family Days play with "family-friendly" matinee performances available at a discounted price. Visit bard.org for a list of eligible performances.

Runs: June 25-Aug. 30

• Show times: Days vary Monday through Saturday, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. and evening performances at 8 p.m.

• Location: Adams Shakespearean Theatre, with matinees in the Auditorium Theatre

• Price: $31-$69 Monday through Wednesday and $36-$73 Thursday through Saturday for evening performances, $28-$60 Monday through Wednesday and $32-$64 Thursday through Saturday for matinee performances; $15 per person for selected performances as part of Festival Family Days (use "family" as the coupon code to purchase online)

• Content advisory: The festival’s website indicates that the show is suitable for most audiences but states it does “contain the Bard’s usual innuendo and double entendres and some violence."

“Sense and Sensibility”

Some of Jane Austen’s well-beloved characters will hit the stage of the Utah Shakespeare Festival in the premiere of a new adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility.”

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