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By Betty Vanderwielen

"Merry Wives" brings raucous humor


August 8, 2019

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

In the slapstick production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor," Mistress Page vamps for Falstaff, leading him on with the goal of humiliating him by making him hide in the laundry basket covered by dirty clothing and undergarments.

SEELEY LAKE – Lively hit tunes from the 1960s and a bright pink stage greeted the large audience that assembled their chairs and blankets on the Double Arrow Lodge grounds Aug. 1 for the 2019 Montana Shakespeare in the Parks' (MSIP) presentation of "The Merry Wives of Windsor." The music and colors were the first hints that this production of the play would not be set in Renaissance times. It has become an accepted practice to set Shakespearean plays in more modern time periods.

In a phone interview, MSIP Executive Artistic Director Kevin Asselin said, "It's a great way to keep Shakespear...

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