The only thing Shakespeare in High Park's selections for this year (starting tomorrow, June 26) have in common is the playwright.
On the one hand, As You Like It, with its cheery musical numbers and young love plotlines, is basically a romantic comedy of old. Titus Andronicus, however, is a horror-tragedy, with a body count of about 14 by the end.
But either way, you've got outdoor theatre, a pay-what-you-can entry fee and a high-quality production. Here, some tips to make a night of the play of your choice.
As You Like It
Bring: the romantic aspects of this piece obviously make it suitable for date night, but consider bringing a sibling, to remind yourself of why you should never fight like Oliver and Orlando.
Wear: drag, in solidarity with Rosalind's comedic transformation to male alter ego, Ganymede. Or, you know, bring a jacket in case it gets cool.
Eat: On the fancy side, try Ortolan at Bloor and Margueretta, for its locally-sourced and whimsical takes on contemporary fare. It will put you in the mood to be enveloped in the largely natural setting of the play.
Bring: how about who you shouldn't? Don't bring a sensitive parent or grandparent, children or weak-stomached friends and loved ones. Seriously, don't bring kids to this.
Wear: black, Wellingtons, latex or a raincoat, in case this play's victims' blood squirts through the fourth wall.
Eat: Pie. Try Mabel's Bakery on Roncey or Bunner's in the Junction for vegan choices. But eat it before the end of the play. You'll see why.