A little Shakespeare to help kick your brain in gear

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Jul. 22—I have a confession to make: I used to tell myself that, given the time, I would commit to reading informative books and watching documentaries and other informative works. When the pandemic hit, I did none of those things.

Instead, I've spent that time reading guilty-pleasure sci-fi works from my favorite author while, television-wise, I'm anxiously waiting for the next season of Archer, an adult-oriented cartoon series. Maybe the most challenging hobby I've picked up is a word search book.

But if you're like me and have found yourself taking a longer than anticipated hiatus from classic literature, Stone Productions is coming to our rescue this weekend with live performances of our favorite Shakespeare works called Shakespeare in the Collingwood.

The show, taking place in the Lois Nelson Theater at the Collingwood Arts Center, was originally slated to be an outside production called Shakespeare in the PARK...ing Lot until recently when organizers decided to move the production indoors to beat the heat and potential thunderstorms expected this Saturday — a win for those of us who dislike being outside for both.

The shows performed at 6 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at 2413 Collingwood Blvd. in Toledo, will be a mix of Shakespeare's classics that include Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Othello, and Hamlet. Attendance is free, although donations will be accepted.

But if one doth protests too much at the thought of sitting through Shakespeare, 3B productions has you covered this weekend with its summer youth showing of Grease.

Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Maumee Indoor Theatre, 601 Conant St., Maumee. Tickets are $15 for students and seniors and $17 for general admission, which can be purchased at 3bproductions.org.

Methinks it would be a tragedy of Shakespearian proportions to miss these performances, so treat your brain to the good stuff you promised it by taking it out to a live performance or two. And remember, no one needs to know the cultural junk food you've fed it up until now.

Upcoming shows:

—Seussical the Musical by the Epiphany Players: 7:30 p.m. July 30 and 31, and Aug. 6 and 7; 3 p.m. Aug. 8 at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 915 N. Reynolds Road, Toledo

—River Rat and Cat: 2 p.m. July 25, Aug. 15, Aug. 29, and Sept. 12 at the Ohio Theatre, 3112 Lagrange St., Toledo. These shows are free and offered by the Children's Theatre Workshop.

—Dear Edwina Jr!: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 6, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, and $10 for general admission. The show is put on by the Children's Theatre Workshop.

—All Shook Up School Edition, a Young Rep production: 7 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6 at the Ottawa Park Amphitheater, 2205 Kenwood Blvd., in Toledo.

—Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13-14 and Aug. 19-21, and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 15, 20 and 21 at the Croswell Opera House, 129 E. Maumee St., Adrian, Mich.

—Godspell, a show by Waterville Playshop: 8 p.m. Sept. 9, 10, and 11; and 2:30 p.m. Sept 11-12 at the Maumee Indoor Theatre, 601 Conant St., Maumee.

—Something Rotten!: Sept. 10-11, Sept. 17-19, and Sept. 24-26 at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 10th St., Toledo.

—I Ought to Be in Pictures: Sept. 17-19 and Sept. 24-26 at the Black Swamp Players' theater, located at 115 E. Oak St., Bowling Green.

—Something Rotten!: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8-9 and Oct. 14-16, and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 at the Croswell Opera House.

—Matilda, a show by Waterville Playshop: 8 p.m. Oct. 22 and 23 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Maumee Indoor Theatre.

—Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Soufflé: Oct. 29-31, and Nov. 4-7 at the Rep.

—Anastasia: (times vary) Nov. 4-7 at the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo.

—A Christmas Story: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-4, and Dec. 10-11; and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 28, Dec. 4-5, and Dec. 11-12 at the Croswell Opera House.

—An Officer and a Gentleman: (times vary) Dec. 2-5 at the Stranahan Theater.

—A Christmas Carol: Dec. 2-5 and Dec. 9-12 at the Rep.

—Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some): Dec. 10-12 and Dec. 17-19 at the Black Swamp Players' theater.

Jeff Schmucker writes about theater for The Blade. Send news of theater and comedy events at least two weeks in advance to theater@theblade.com.

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