Coin & Ghost’s “Two Gentlemen* of Verona”
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Marguerite French
3/16 – 4/8, 2018 (Thurs-Sun, 8pm)
The Ruby Theatre @ The Complex (6476 Santa Monica Blvd.)
William Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen* of Verona follows the story of Valentine and Proteus — two gentle(wo)men who begin the play as best friends. As Valentine travels to Milan, Proteus remains in Verona to woo her first love, Julius. But a complex dynamic soon emerges, as Valentine, too, falls in love — with a young man named Silvius — and Proteus (while on a visit to Milan), becomes enamored with him as well.
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Directed by Marguerite French, C&Gs “Two Gents*” tackles one of The Bard’s many problem plays in a subversive, timely light.