'Hamlet' performance will require audiences to be (masked) or not to be (in the theater)

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Sep. 18—Classical Actors Ensemble will require audiences to wear masks while attending performances "Hamlet" at the Elision Playhouse in Crystal.

The Twin Cities theater company that's exclusively dedicated to English Renaissance drama presents Shakespeare's best-known play Sept. 24 to Oct. 17.

"Out of concern for audience safety we will follow the current CDC recommendation for indoor spaces in areas of high transmission," producing artistic director Joseph Papke said in a news release. "Regardless of vaccination status, we ask that all audience members wear masks."

The production will have a contemporary setting — a first for Classical Actors Ensemble.

Shows are Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m., with a special pay-what-you-can performance at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4. There's an open-captioned performance Oct. 3 and an audio-described performance on Oct. 7. Tickets are $42-$18, at classicalactorsensemble.org or at the door.

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