Idaho Shakespeare Festival Opens for 2011 Season 

Pack your cooler with some picnic noshes, a bottle of wine (or two) and pray for good weather, because the Idaho Shakespeare Festival's 35th season is up and rolling. There is nothing better than enjoying ol' Bill's timeless work from the comfort of your own lawn chair, and this week offers two performances that you won't want to miss.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), a festival favorite, returns to the stage to make you ROGL (roll on the grass laughing). Clad in more outrageous apparel and props than you probably care to imagine, three actors attempt the impossible: to cram all of Shakespeare's plays and two sonnets into a two-hour show. The result is an unexpected and highly entertaining mash-up of the Bard's work that will have you wishing the performance lasted the entire night.

Also running this week is The Two Gentlemen of Verona, a play replete with all the romantic language, disguises, love triangles, Italian gentleman and happy endings that make a Shakespearean comedy great. A definite highlight of the show is canine actor Scooter Moose deChumber, a French bulldog, who will play the role of Launce's dog, Crab. Scooter's actor bio on the ISF website describes his excitement to appear in a role that "embodies [his] vision of excellent canine thespianism." We certainly share his excitement.

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