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  Love's Labor's Lost at Folger Theatre

Love's Labor's Lost

Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington

A young king and his three compatriots renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. Their pact is immediately jeopardized, however, when the Princess of France and her companions arrive. Will the men stand resolute and keep their monastic vows, or surrender to the charms of the opposite sex? Shakespeare's delicious comedy is full of lovers and clowns, foolery and the follies of the heart - and there's nothing quite like seeing it live. Experience Love's Labor's Lost Folger Theatre in D.C.

Thru - Jun 9, 2019

Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:00pm



Price: $42-$79

Box Office: 202-544-7077

www.folger.edu/events/loves-labors-lost



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Washington Post - Recommended

"...Overripeness is partly the point, and you bide your time through some of it. The play exists in a state of excessive merriment until its final serious turn, which is when this production really catches your attention. "Russet yeas, and honest kersey noes" - i.e., simplicity - become the new order as the men and women look each other in the eyes and make honest deals. Shakespeare's difficult comedy may not really have a knockout punch, but this cast's sober shift is a pleasing finish to a mostly winsome show."
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Nelson Pressley


MetroWeekly - Recommended

"...For sheer cozy brilliance, you just can't beat director Vivienne Benesch's idea to set Love's Labor's Lost in 1930s Washington using the Folger's own Paster Reading Room as Navarre's Court. Not only was the Folger library first opened in the thirties, it was the era of the Screwball Comedy and all their barb-slinging, thoroughly independent heroines. What better moment in modern American history for a re-up of one of Shakespeare's battles of the sexes?"

Kate Wingfield


BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...Folger Theatre's production nails the witty humor and play on language which Love's Labor's Lost is known for. While the main characters are funny in their own way, the rotating cast of secondary characters including Eric Hisson (Don Armado), Louis Butelli (Holofernes), Josh Adams (Dull, Marcade), Tonya Beckman (Boyet, Jacquenetta), Megan Graves (Mote), and Susan Rome (Nathaniel) hold up the proverbial pillars of the production's comedic relief. Great comedic duos abound in this production."
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Hannah Wing


Talkin Broadway - Recommended

"...While the four main couples try to navigate the perils of love and learning (with the occasional tickle fight or giggly confidences), Benesch brings out the larger-than-life qualities of the supporting characters. First is Tonya Beckman, delightful as both a hot-blooded serving maid and the Princess' circumspect advisor Boyet; Eric Hissom as the effusive Spanish nobleman Don Armado, doing everything but climbing the scenery while speaking in a broad accent; Louis Butelli and Susan Rome as a pedant and a librarian; and Edmund Lewis as Costard, a plain-spoken workman."
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Susan Berlin


DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Ready for teasing mockery and romantic conflict that crosses economic classes and genders with an added dash of some re-imagined blurred lines? Then step up to the wit and words of William Shakespeare's comedy of manners, Love's Labor's Lost, in a spirited, classy production at Folger Theatre."
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David Siegel


MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...This production is not to be missed. The whirlwind story and series of ridiculous events that lead up to the final moments of the play are smartly directed and designed. It begins to spiral into more hilarity throughout until the unexpected dramatic end. This silliness though allows for the sadness to feel more real and heavy in a way. We must contrast the dark with the light in order for it to be noticed, and this is done stunningly well in this production."
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Elle Marie Sullivan


DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...The cast is equally adept at physical comedy, pushing the boundaries of buffoonery. Hissom's Armando is wonderfully, wildly, brazen. Strutting and swaggering about the stage he gleefully breaks the boundaries between the actors and the audience, at one point violently spearing an overhead stage light with his sword."
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Meaghan Hannan Davant


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