7/30: Romeo and Juliet at Stan Hywett

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There probably isn’t a more beautiful location in Northeast Ohio for outdoor theater than the lagoon at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens (714 N. Portage Path, Akron, 330.836.5533). That’s where the Ohio Shakespeare Festival makes its summer home. It just closed As You Like It, the first of its two productions this season. At 8 tonight, it polishes up the second, Romeo and Juliet, with an open dress rehearsal, which theater-loving bargain hunters can see for only $12. Two OSF veterans, Andrew Cruse and newly minted College of Wooster grad Tess Burgler, play the title roles. The gate opens at 6 p.m., so theatergoers can bring a picnic or buy something in the café to eat on the lawn or at one of the available picnic tables. There’s no reserved seating; just come and plunk yourself down. The play starts at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through August 16; tickets are $10-$27. Subsequent performances include a 7:30 p.m. “greenshow” — a pre-show entertainment from Shakespeare’s time that’s become an OSF tradition. For reservations, call 330.315.3287. — Anastasia Pantsios

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