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Shakespeare in the Park
Aug. 4, 7 p.m.
Wright Park, 501 S. I St.
Info: metroparkstacoma.org/calendar?id=4581

Wooden-O-featured-image-1-1024x581Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to Wright Park for a free outdoor production of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

The show starts at 7 p.m. and arrives in Tacoma courtesy of Seattle Shakespeare Co.’s Wooden O productions, a traveling troupe that specializes in open-air shows.

Shakespeare’s screwball comedy features the bantering of two of his cleverest characters. For Beatrice and Benedick love is a game of wits played with guarded hearts. Yet everyone can see they’re meant for each other. Newly engaged Hero and Claudio conspire to trick the pair into admitting their affections and falling for each other. But schemes are afoot to ruin everyone’s happiness through dire accusations. Will love win out in the end?

If you would like to get close to the action, bring a blanket to sit on the ground. Alternatively, low-rise, collapsible beach chairs work well. If you’d prefer a higher seat, the company recommends sitting in the back of the crowd.

I Hate Shakespeare!
Aug. 4 and 5, 7:30 p.m., Aug. 6, 2 p.m.
Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St.
Info: tacomalittletheatre.com1499980730234

Looking for a fun way to spend your summer? Join Club TLT for their second summer production. We all hate Shakespeare. At least that’s what the audience thinks until they get a rip-roaring rundown of Shakespeare’s classics. With zombies, talking cows, and an appearance by Jerry Springer, “I Hate Shakespeare!” is a hilarious and fast-paced introduction to Shakespeare — with a modern twist. Plus, someone gets a pie in the face. Tickets are only $7.

Movies in the Park: “Moana”
Aug. 4. Activities begin at 5 p.m., movie begins at dusk
Stewart Heights Park, 402 E. 56th St.
Info: 0metroparkstacoma.org/bash2017-portland-ave-summer-bash-EBLAST

Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to the park for a free outdoor movie for the whole family. Summer Bash — featuring Click! Mobile Movies — is a summertime tradition in Tacoma.

This summer, enjoy family-friendly fun and a movie, presented by Sound Credit Union and movie sponsor Click! Network in partnership with Metro Parks Tacoma. Activities include: giant inflatable slide, music and entertainment, food vendors, activity stations and community resource booths.

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