The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a very early Shakespearean comedy. Some claim that it was William Shakespeare’s very first play, written c. 1590-1591, but according to the chronology Tina Packer gave in her Women of Will playbill last summer, Shakespeare & Company places its creation in 1592, AFTER the three parts of Henry VI, Titus Andronicus, Richard III, and The Comedy of Errors.
Whether or not Shakespeare had much playwriting experience under his belt, the play is not his best (although it is also certainly far from his worst!) and seldom performed. Very few people see that title on a marquee and say “Ooooo! I want to see THAT!”
But as the 2011 lunchbox Shakespeare production performed by Shakespeare & Company’s Center for Actor Training Performance Intern Program, it is a nice fit. Tickets are reasonably priced at $14-$24 and many discount programs apply including the 40% Berkshire resident discount. With a 12:45 pm curtain you can bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful grounds at Shakespeare & Company before the show, or you can reserve a box lunch for an additional $10.
If, like me, you aspire to see productions of all of Shakespeare’s plays before you shuffle off this mortal coil, here’s a chance to see Two Gents, in an entertaining albeit wildly uneven production.