Two Gentlemen of Verona is the first Shakespeare play in which a woman crossdresses—a theme that the Bard would explore throughout his future works. The play takes on infidelity, the conflict between friendship and love, and what it means to be a gentleman. A standout character in the play is Launce, the clown servant of aspiring gentleman Proteus, along with his scene-stealing dog, Crab. Santa Cruz Shakespeare brings what the local production company describes as the “sexy and surreal comedy” to the Grove at DeLaveaga Park Aug. 1 through Sept. 3.
INFO: Grove at DeLaveaga Park, 501 Upper Park Road, Santa Cruz. $25-$55. 460-6396. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Friday, July 28 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the play.