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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

PHOTOS BY LEE A. BUTZ

All-a-Bard for PSF: There are only a few days left to attend the 22nd annual Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Two shows continue in repertory through Aug. 4.

Greg Wood, above, disguised as a priest, plays Vincentio, Duke of Vienna, in William Shakespeare's comedy-drama, "Measure For Measure." In the city of Vienna, Vincentio leaves his seemingly moral deputy Angelo (Blake Ellis) in charge to restore the city to decency. The novice Isabella (Erin Partin) is forced to confront a choice between immorality and execution, with her imprisoned brother's life hanging in the balance.

Wood also has a role in "The Importance of Being Earnest," in which Jim Helsinger, below, plays Lady Bracknell. Helsinger directs the Oscar Wilde farce about two well-to-do gentlemen, John Worthing (Blake Ellis) and Algernon Moncrieff (Zack Robidas), as they pursue countryside adventures, love, and identities both real and invented. Gwendolen Fairfax (Alexie Gilmore) captures Worthing's eye. Cecily Cardew (Erin Partin) catches Algernon's eye.

Both shows are presented on the Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

The final play of the PSF season, "Henry VIII," through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre, Labuda, is presented in the way Shakespeare's company likely would have, without a director, and with no set or costume designers. The play may be the thing, but the actors do it.

Henry VIII (Ian Bedford) maneuvers through the political landscape of Renaissance England, hastening the rise and fall of Cardinal Wolsey (Richard B. Watson) and Queen Katherine (Susan Riley Stevens). Shakespeare's play about the life of England's most famous monarch mixes history, tragedy and romance. The cast includes PSF favorites Anthony Lawton and Christopher Patrick Mullen.

Additionally, "Beauty and the Beast" continues through Aug. 3 in Schubert, and "Shakespeare For Kids" continues through Aug. 3 on the Main Stage.

Tickets: 610-282-WILL

See REVIEW: Page B2

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