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Enough of this Shakespeare in Love crap. For the past 400 years, most of Shakespeare’s admirers haven’t needed Stoppard-penned screenplays or sultry images of a nude Gwyneth to appreciate his genius. Wanna get closer to the Bard? Skip the movie and kick it old-school style when the Folger Shakespeare Library gives you a present for Shakespeare’s birthday. In his lecture “Harrying the Stage: Theatre, Bad Conscience, and Other Skills of Offense in Henry V,” Shakespearean scholar Harry Berger Jr. examines the differences between the texts of the 1600 Quarto and the First Folio. According to the executive director of the Folger Institute, Kathleen Lynch, the lecture is particularly relevant to present-day D.C. because “Berger will examine Henry V’s character and the ways in which his treatment of the French is a displacement of Henry’s internal wars and his problems with nation, kingship, identity, power, and accepting responsibility.” Any similarities to Wag the Dog are purely coincidental. Berger speaks at 8 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. (202) 675-0348. (Amanda Fazzone)