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ShakesBEER II: The Bard Strikes Back

When: 8 p.m.

"We've upped the ante on everything," director Dustin Britt says about Bare Theatre's all-new collection of comic Shakespearean sots, which embarks on a springtime tour of Triangle bars this week. Once again, adaptor Charles Keith scripts a mash-up of the Bard's most famous boozers as we've never even remotely seen them before. Antony and Cleopatra get the Scorsese treatment before a ukulele orchestra (!) reframes a clutch of Shakespeare's clowns in a five-minute mini-musical by—who else?—Cole Porter. A Hamilton parody is on tap, plus a Star Wars tribute in which the Rude Mechanicals from A Midsummer Night's Dream present Pyramus and Thisbe in Space. Newbies Glenn Greggs and Benjamin Tarlton join Laura J. Parker and Camille Watson from ShakesBEER's first incarnation. After an April 22 preview at The Pinhook, the bar crawl moves to Cary's Fortnight Brewing (April 24 and 26), Hillsborough's Mystery Brewing Company (April 25), Raleigh's Imurj (April 30 and May 3) and Watts & Ward (May 1), and Durham's Ponysaurus (May 2). —Byron Woods

Price: Free

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