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When the Shakespeare Theatre Company staged Twelfth Night in 2008, Washington City Paper wrote that it “leans richly on the laughs—though the show still, inevitably, comes laced with its share of rue.” That’s not the reason why its revival this summer will be bittersweet: The bad news is that the company no longer mounts its riotous Free for All performances at the outdoor Carter Barron Amphitheatre—instead we get a gratis fortnight in the troupe’s Harman Hall. The good news: No longer must you visit the venue twice on the day of the show. Instead of making a lunchtime trip to the box office, you can enter an online lottery, or try your luck that night at the door. Simple! Whatever brainpower you would’ve devoted to the logistics of acquiring tickets, instead use to parse out the characters’ various identity swaps.
THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE CO. PERFORMS TWELFTH NIGHT AT 8 P.M. AT SIDNEY HARMAN HALL, 610 F ST. NW. FREE. (202) 547-1122