Centuries later, we still can’t shake our fascination with Shakespeare. With a couple of theater companies staging productions of the Bard of Avon’s work in the coming months, here’s a primer on which show is right for you. And mark your calendars for this summer, when Commonwealth Shakespeare Company stages Cymbeline for the first time as its annual Shakespeare on the Common production.
If you like: Bachelor in Paradise–level relationship gymnastics
Watch: Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of Twelfth Night in collaboration with Lyric Stage Company. The romantic comedy
is about unrequited love and mistaken identity. Everybody’s in love with someone who’s in love with someone else, and no one really knows what they’re doing.
Running: March 29-April 28 at the Lyric Stage Company
If you like: Obsessively refreshing CNN.com while watching an E! TV marathon
Watch: Huntington Theatre Company and artistic director Peter DuBois’ update of Romeo and Juliet, which sees the young lovers as a symbol of hope in a community ravaged by political tribalism and racial unrest (if that sounds familiar). Watch out for references to political figures and America’s first family: the Kardashians.
Running: March 1-31 at Huntington Avenue Theatre