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Sharon Biermann and Zachary Bortot

Sharon Biermann and Zachary Bortot

Courtesy Honest Theatre Company

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through July 31 2016
Price: Pay what you can
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This outdoor production from Honest Theatre, staged in Indian Boundary Park, is pretty bare-bones. There's no stage to speak of. The actors aren't amplified (which means they sometimes can't be heard above screaming kids and planes passing overhead). And the costumes could have been assembled from the actors’ closets. Still, the spirit of the Bard’s comedy about two contrasting couples—one reluctant, one passionate but troubled—survives, along with much of its poetry. Yes, some of the staging is awkward and acting rough. But Sharon Biermann and Zachary Bortot are banging as Beatrice and Benedict, and Sean Cowan (who also directs) kills as the malaprop-spouting Dogberry. —Jack Helbig

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