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When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Aug. 13 2017

I’ve caught Arc Theatre only twice during their eight years in residence at Ridgeville Park’s Shakespeare on the Ridge festival, but they’re officially my favorite outdoor-Shakespeare troupe. In a town overrun with actors trying and failing to achieve some semblance of “Shakespearean scale” by bellowing, posturing, and whipping swords back and forth, the Arc puts all its focus on simple, human-size play. Directors Natalie Sallee and Teddy Boone scale everything back (rudimentary costumes and props, an 80-minute running time), giving nine actors leave to relate to one another like ordinary people (or in this all-female version, as ordinary mischievous clowns). They even make clear sense of tortuous Elizabethan verse. While the gender-muddling conclusion is confusing, most everything else is eloquent, boisterous, and delightful. —Justin Hayford

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