The Winter's Tale at Sidney Harman Hall Tuesday, Aug. 19

By now, the whole Christmas in July thing is kind of a cliché, but The Winter’s Tale in August? That’s crazy talk! It’s not one of his more well-known plays, but Shakespeare’s comedy follows a classic formula: King gets jealous of his wife and his best friend, baby is abandoned by its parents, guy flees from bear—OK, so maybe it’s not a classic Shakespearean plot, but that’s just one reason to see the free Shakespeare Theatre Company production that critics raved about when it first ran in 2013. The production is directed by veteran company member Rebecca Bayla Taichman, who has overseen STC productions like Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, and The Taming of the Shrew. Plus, the script contains what’s said to be one of the first instances of the word “dildo,” in all its current meaning. If it seems like the play is more Billy Madison than Macbeth, that’s because it is—and this late summer Winter’s Tale, which ends on a happy, hilarious note, will entertain its audience far more than the latest Adam Sandler flick. The play runs August 19–31 at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Free. (202) 547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org.

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