A film noir comedy/mystery with Shakespeare on the brain. Hard boiled detective Birnam Wood faces his most difficult case ever as he travels to Italy to unravel a scandal involving a rich merchant’s young daughter. But he soon finds himself drawn into a whirlwind of crime, blackmail and murder with a cast of characters that includes Scottish witches, star-crossed lovers, a pack of jesters and a strong willed woman people call a shrew. It’s a case of laugh out loud hilarity combined with a puzzling murder mystery with every suspect drawn from the works of William Shakespeare.
Start by crossing The Taming of the Shrew with The Big Sleep. But then add in a healthy sprinkling of characters from a dozen other Shakespeare plays, including (but not limited to) King Lear, As You Like It, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Othello and the Tempest.
A young buck poet, named Romeo, a dreamer with a fast sword and a taste for dames that might get him in trouble some day, is Wood’s self-appointed sidekick. Two Weird Sisters – mysteriously missing the third – attempt to deliver a warning. And is that Oberon and Titania? You get the picture – maybe!
Performances are at Hallowell City Hall, 1 Winthrop Street, Hallowell on the following dates:
Friday and Saturday, October 27th and 28th, 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 29th, 2:00 pm matinee
Friday and Saturday, November 3rd and 4th, 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 5th, 2:00 pm matinee