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“The Bard” in the Hood

Ten years ago I spent a romantic week in London with my soon-to-be husband. We walked along the Thames holding hands, strolled arm in arm through the grounds of Windsor Castle, snuggled together in a cozy horse-drawn carriage. But of all my fond memories of this delightful trip with my fiancée, the most vivid is of us laughing hysterically (to the point of tears and quite nearly wet britches) in an East End production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. I can’t wait to relive the experience! And now Hood River even has the Horse and Hound (a proper English Pub) to get a stout pint and decent basket of fish and chips! Long Live the Bard!

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) is coming to Hood River for 2 weeks in March. Bag&Baggage Productions, a Portland-based theatre company, will remount its wildly successful 2005 tour of the production for eight shows in the beautiful Columbia Center for the Arts in downtown Hood River. This record breaking hit is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through all 37 of the Bard’s plays in 97 minutes and was called “the funniest show you are likely to see your entire life,” by The Montreal Gazette. The 2005 production of “The Complete Works” was said to be “So high on spontaneity it often feels like it is being made up as we watch!” by The Statesman Journal, “Filled with lunacy and classic bits of comedy!” by The Gresham Outlook, “A madcap, slapstick, unmissable performance!” by Salem Monthly, and “Truly something special…the best production of this classic I have ever seen!” by the Corvallis Gazette Times.

The show dates are Thursday – Sunday, March 15th – 18th and 22nd – 25th. Performances are at 7:30pm Thursday – Saturday with matinees at 2:00pm only on Sundays. Tickets are $15 General admission ad $10 for Students/Seniors and can be reserved by calling the Columbia Center for the Arts at 541 387 8877.

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