Love's Labor's Lost
The Old Globe has a charmer on its outdoor stage. Director Kathleen Marshall, scenic designer John Lee Beatty, Peter Golub's original music, and a uniformly fine cast turn Shakespeare's early comedy into a Greenbelt of Babel. The King of Navarre wants to retreat from the world and, with three other scholars, set up an academy of learning. But the Princess of France is on her way, with three ladies, and they will turn the King's academy into a tough love school for honest expression. Spoiler alert: this is not a comedy in the traditional, happy ending sense. There could be one, if the four adolescent males ever grow up. Critic's Pick.
Ongoing until Sunday, September 18, 2016