Local play gives easy access to Bard's humor

I got to take in the Brewery Arts Center's production of Shakespeare's "Love's Labors Lost" over the weekend. Being one of the playwright's lesser-known works, coupled with the somewhat difficult language, could serve as a deterrent for some, but it shouldn't.

The show abounds with slapstick and physical comedy, including an outlandish swordfight and a character whose laugh is infectious. The cast's use of body language and inflection helps provide an understanding of the language. In short, even if you don't get every word, the meaning comes across loud and clear.

Go see it, even if it scares you a little; you won't be disappointed.

The play runs at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 23-24.

Father's Day dilemma?

Consider a little culture

The Carson City Symphony will present a free Father's Day concert Sunday on the back lawn of the Governor's Mansion. The "Pops Party" concert begins at 4 p.m., and will feature the Carson City Symphony, Carson Chamber Singers, guest soloists Tom Stryker on harmonica, Tyson Reed on trumpet and the Vaughn Middle School Mariachi Band, directed by José Flores.

The performance will include new arrangements by Symphony Director David Bugli of the "Nevada State March" and "Hank Monk Schottische," originally written in the late 1800s by Carson City composer J.P. Meder.

Meder was born in Boston and moved to Carson City in 1863 or 1864 with his parents. During his time in Carson, he managed the Opera House and directed amateur theater productions. He also served as a freight agent of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.

Bring a blanket and food. Or order picnic boxes containing a deli sandwich, potato or pasta salad, dessert and a beverage in advance by calling (775)883-4154.

Not big on culture?

Perhaps a good flick

What better way to spend Father's Day than taking in one of the most underrated dark comedies in the last 20 years, "Army of Darkness."

Co-written and directed by Sam Raimi, of "Spider-man" fame, "Army" is billed as a horror flick, but could be considered more of a dark and gruesome comedy.

The plot centers around Ash, who is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home. Did I mention he lost a hand and replaced it with a chain saw? Blood-spilling hilarity ensues.

The tagline says it all, "Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas."

While the plot is a little thin and doesn't require much analysis, the farce provides an homage to absurdity (a la the Three Stooges) and a solid hour-and-a-half of entertainment.

• Jarid Shipley is the features writer for the Nevada Appeal.


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