Every summer, across the country, outdoor amphitheaters roll out the red blanket for the Greatest Literary Figurehead Ever and begin cranking out night after night of sonnets and stanzas. This is no small feat- catering to a populace whose concept of tragedy involves that time that Maks dropped Kirstie Alley is probably nerve-wracking for actors who must deliver dialogue without the benefit of New Jersey accents or spray tans. But after a long year of apocalyptically bad television (I mean, 16 and Pregnant notwithstanding), it's nice to turn off the tube, head out under the open sky and catch some good old fashioned iambic pentameter. Shakespeare in the Park's season at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre, 6200 E. Grand, kicks off not with a Shakespeare classic, but rather with Edmund Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac. The timeless tale of Cyrano de Bergerac (which many of us will recognize as the basis for that one episode of Modern Family) is a light-hearted backdrop for a family picnic dinner and a bottle of wine for mom and dad. Cyrano runs through June 19 and then again from June 29 through July 22 on Wednesdays, Thursday s and Fridays at 8:15. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children under 12. Visit shakespearedallas.org for more information and to buy tickets.
June 15-19, 8:15 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 8:15 p.m. Starts: June 15. Continues through July 22, 2011