ACTON -- William Shakespeare -- also known as The Bard -- turns 450 this spring.
And to get into the spirit of celebrating Will's birthday, Theatre III extends their season with Much Ado About Love, a romantic comedy about love that uses Shakespeare's poetic verse from more than 20 of his plays and sonnets.
Performances are June 6, 7, 13 and 14 at the theater's Central Street playhouse in West Acton.
Playwright David Nanto started the project three years ago while living in Tokyo.
"I wanted to see if it was possible to take Shakespeare's verse from various plays and organize it into an entirely new plot," says Nanto. "Most of the play was written when I had extra time on business trips to London, New York, Singapore and Buenos Aires.
The production also features two songs with original music by Kevin Kelly, a former New York advertising executive.
Theatre III's artistic director Ed Knights is excited about the show.
"I love the idea of a completely unique way to enjoy Shakespeare," he said. "We are thrilled to celebrate his 450th birthday with this original work."
All performances are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, general admission and are available at theatreiii.org or at the door.
On the marquee
- SPECIAL SCREENING: Image Theater and Breaking Branches Pictures presents a special screening of Memories for Sale, the film version of Jerry Bisantz's award-winning play, on Thursday, May 29, at 7 p.m., at Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), 246 Market St., Lowell. The movie, filmed in Lowell in the fall of 2012, deals with an aging comedian, the young writer who has written his biography and the pushy agent who wants them to tell all in the book, even though it's invading the old man's privacy and a closely guarded secret he's held onto for years.
- MAGICAL GARDEN: Stoneham Theatre, 5 Main St., Stoneham brings The Secret Garden to audiences through June 8. Based on the popular novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, it tells the story of Mary Lennox, a young orphan sent to England to live with her reclusive uncle and sickly cousin and the magic that happens when she discovers a neglected garden and helps bring it back to life. Call 781-279-2200 or visit stonehamtheatre.org for tickets.
- BOSTON SCENE: Peter and the Starcatcher, a grownup's prequel to Peter Pan, plays the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre in Boston's Theater District May 27-June 1. The five-time Tony Award winning play by Rick Elice is an innovative, imaginative musical piece based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A company of 12 actors plays more than 100 characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question "How did Peter Pan become the Boy Who Never Grows Up?" The show is suitable for all ages, but most enjoyable for those ages 10 and up. Tickets $30-$90 at citicenter.org or call 866-348-9738... Randy Fenoli of TLC's hit show Say Yes to the Dress brings a live version to the stage of Boston's Wilbur Theater on Saturday, May 31, at 8 p.m. The two-act event includes an hour-long presentation with Fenoli sharing his story and giving tips on bridal trends and finding the perfect dress. During the second act, Fenoli will interview and critique two bridal parties. Audience participation is encouraged. Tickets $38 at thewilbur.com or call 617-248-9800... Lyric Stage, Copley Square, Boston, has extended the run of its critically acclaimed production of Into the Woods through June 29, with performances Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Call 617-585-5678 or visit lyricstage.com.
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