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The Merry Wives of Windsor

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February 4 - March 7, 2015

By William Shakespeare
Margeson Theater

Somewhere in small-town America, the old bachelor Falstaff schemes to pursue two wealthy housewives — simultaneously. Shakespeare's delightful comedy meets 1950s sitcom in this high-spirited romp, full of mistaken identities, cross-dressing, and lots of canned laughter! 

Critic and Audience Comments

What's interesting is how well most of this works…… John Ahlin's Falstaff is most jovial, a good sport about the indignities heaped on him... Warren Kelley scores as both jealous Master Ford — and as his alter ego, Master Brook, a flamboyant, heavily accented Spanish musician (paging Ricky Ricardo).... The titular wives make a strong team: Suzanne O'Donnell's Mistress Page gets increasingly gleeful with each plot to humiliate Falstaff, Jean Tafler tempers Mistress Ford's giddiness with wry pleasure at her husband's discomfort….Like a lot of TV, this cheerful production doesn't tax the brain but it lifts the spirit.” - Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

“In a clever twist, Vaughn updates the story to the late 1950’s America, using sets that evoke classic TV sets like “I Love Lucy” or “Leave It To Beaver"... On those old 1950s show, some of the laughter was canned. During the performance I saw, it was the real thing.”- Michael Freeman, Freeline Media

I was laughing out loud along with the rest of the audience at the absurdity of it all…. Brian Vaughn, did a fantastic job making choices that helped this modern-day audience understand the Shakespeare...do not miss this production….” - Kimberly Moy, Broadway World Orlando

“Director Brian Vaughn has delightfully set this Merry Wives in the hypocritical and infantilizing context of a 1950s sitcom... All of the actors do delightful work, sometimes casting their characters as variations of 1950s stock characters...Get off your a#@, Orlando, and see this show....” - John King, The Drunken Odyssey

Prologue Series

Starting 30 minutes before each performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor, an Orlando Shakes actor leads the audience through a discussion of the plot, themes, and major characters in the production.

Parental Guidelines

The Merry Wives of Windsor contains some sexual innuendo that may be physicalized on stage. The play may be best suited for teens and adults who are able to handle the suggestiveness inherent in Shakespeare’s text. Click here for more specific parental guidelines.


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