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Thursday, January 22, 2009

University Theatres celebrates return to Theatre Building with 'As You Like It'

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will celebrate its return to the Theatre Building with a University Theatres Mainstage production of Shakespeare's sunny romantic comedy "As You Like It," opening at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the David Thayer Theatre. Additional performances will be at 8 p.m. Feb. 6-7 and 11-15, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 8 and 15.

The play includes some of Shakespeare's most famous lines -- including "All the world's a stage," "too much of a good thing," "for ever and a day" and "sweet are the uses of adversity" -- and comic devices that are familiar to Shakespeare's audiences: gender-bending disguises, mistaken identities, games of make-believe and the contrast between the simplicity and hardships of the natural world and the intrigue, deceit and artifice of human society. [Full Story]