Onstage: Two Helpings of Shakespeare

What a great way to kick off the theater season: It's only September, and we already have not one but two Shakespearean comedies for your viewing pleasure. Cincinnati Outdoor Classics offers 'Love's Labour's Lost' at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park, whi

What a great way to kick off the theater season: It's only September, and we already have not one but two Shakespearean comedies for your viewing pleasure.

Cincinnati Outdoor Classics is offering Love’s Labour’s Lost at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park. Most of the talent involved are drama students from UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, so you know there will be some fine acting in this comedy about young men who take an oath to stay away from women. (You can imagine how long that lasts.) There will be nine free performances through Sept. 12.

Meanwhile, our year-round provider of classic theater, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, opens its 2010-11 season with Much Ado About Nothing. As staged by Drew Fracher, the tale of sparring lovers and political rivalries is being played out during the “Summer of Love” in 1968; two local favorites are handling the central roles of Beatrice and Benedick, Sherman Fracher and Bruce Cromer (pictured). Onstage at 719 Race St. downtown through Sept. 26.

Go here for show details for Love's Labour's Lost and here for Much Ado About Nothing.