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Yea, verily: Shakespeare returns to Sand Harbor

Heather Solomon, Sun News Service

Enjoying the words of the Bard with the moon overhead and the Lake in the background has been a Tahoe tradition for 23 years. The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor made a few changes last summer, including a new, state-of-the-art stage and sound system and extensive environmental improvements, but some things have remained the same. The stage may be different, but the backdrop is the same: warm sands, tall pines, and sparkling waters.

This summer, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor will present two comedies, The Comedy of Errors, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

The Comedy of Errors is a fantastic tale of mistaken identity and lost relatives, involving the separation, then reunion, of a husband and wife, their twin sons, and their twin servants. It’s a madcap romp of mistaken identity and misadventures that creates a tangled web of estranged family members.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a renaissance comedy charting the hilarious journey of two couples: Proteus, Sylvia, Valentine and Julia are all destined for marriage, yet become a comic love triangle when jealousy, deception and desire take center stage.

Man does not live by drama alone, and one of the highlights of Shakespeare at Sand Harbor is the combination of great entertainment and great scenery with a nice bottle of wine and a picnic.

Patrons are welcome to carry their own food – and many bring elaborate spreads – but the Festival also offers a food court.

The bill of fare at the food court this summer will include offerings from Blue Onion Catering, The Cosmic Rib Co., Le Creperie, Wild Alaskan Fish Co., and Austin’s Pies. Patrons will also enjoy brewed cappuccino and espresso, fine wines and cold beers, and, during admission, premium cigars and after-dinner drinks.

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor also offers interim entertainment, including music, juggling and festivities reminiscent of the Elizabethan Age. Arrive early to enjoy period entertainment, magic and storytelling.

At 6,200 feet, evenings are cold no matter how warm the days are: theater-goers should come prepared with blankets, jackets and hats.

Tickets for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor are $50 for preferred seating, which is limited and includes preset chairs, a wait staff, more legroom and no lines.

Early seating (5:30 p.m.) is $30 Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and $35 for Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday, August 26. General seating (6:30 p.m.) is $20 Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and $25 for Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday, August 26. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call (800) 74-SHOWS, or visit http://www.tahoebard.com.

The Comedy of Errors premiers Saturday, July 21, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona premiers Sunday, July 22. The plays are then staged on alternate nights, excluding Mondays, until August 26.


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