Festival feminism

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By Ken Trainor

Staff writer

Will Shakespeare's early farce, Two Gentlemen of Verona, continues its run in Austin Gardens through Aug. 22, but Festival Theatre is already looking ahead to next summer.

Last week, the Festival Theatre board approved their 2016 lineup and it has a decidedly feminist slant (or anti-feminist, depending on your interpretation). Artistic Director Jack Hickey, recommended that the season include Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (which the musical My Fair Lady is based on). Both plays feature strong female characters and we suspect it was not lost on the Festival troupe that a strong female character will likely be running for president next summer. 

Should be an interesting summer, which takes nothing away from this summer when Festival's first play, To Kill a Mockingbird, also featuring a strong female character, broke box office records.

And you still have two weekends left for an evening in the park with Shakespeare.

Ken Trainor

Email: ktrainor@wjinc.com

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