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To Be or Not To Be ... In the Trees

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Shakespeare Festival St. Louis celebrates its tenth season of playing with the Bard in Forest Park with the mighty Hamlet. Look, everybody goes on at length about the universality of Shakespeare, but this one really does have something for everyone. It begins as a ghost story, becomes a murder mystery, takes a turn into gritty revenge thriller, detours briefly into a frustrated love story, wanders in the sere wastelands of proto-existentialism and culminates in a series of stabbings — if you can't find something in that to get excited about, you're just being willfully obdurate. SFSTL veteran Jim Butz sinks his teeth into the role of Hamlet, and he's aided by a cast that includes local Shakespeare pros Jason Cannon, Aaron Orion Baker, Terry Meddows and Mark Kelly. Hamlet is performed at 8 p.m. every night except Tuesday through Sunday, June 20 (there is no performance on Saturday, June 5, but that's the only other exception, barring bad weather). Performances take place in Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park (just a stone's throw from Art Hill), and the pre-show festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free; visit www.shakespearefestivalstlouis.com for more information.
Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays; Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: May 26. Continues through June 20, 2010

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