Shake in the grass
Shakespeare moves to Grass Valley for the next few weekends, as the Foothill Theatre Company presents the fourth Sierra Shakespeare Festival, with outdoor performances in the Fred Forsman Amphitheatre on the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Artistically, the festival is basically a continuation of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival—in other words, the productions of Two Gentleman of Verona and The Comedy of Errors that were produced by Foothill Theatre under contract with Lake Tahoe Shakespeare have been moved—lock, stock and barrel—over to Foothill Theatre’s home turf, where both shows will alternate Thursdays through Sundays until September 23. The Comedy of Errors is a farce about two sets of twins, with repeated cases of mistaken identity and a failed exorcism as part of the mix. Two Gentleman of Verona involves love, betrayal, and a pooch that steals several scenes. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $17 on Thursdays and Sundays, $24 on Fridays and Saturdays, (530) 265-8587 or (888) 730-8587. The Nevada County Fairgrounds are on McCourtney Road; enter at Gate 4.