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A few midsummer night treats for Shakespeare lovers

  • Peter Warden as Florindo Aretusi in The Servant of Two Masters, playing through July 28 (Thurs - Sun at 7:00 PM) at the Sebastopol Shakespeare Festival in St. Ives Park (photo courtesy of Main Stage West)

Summertime fun-seekers love to spend a lot of time outside, and stage performers — especially Shakespearans — make it easy to enjoy a little culture al fresco.

The Sebastopol Shakespeare Festival, founded in 1993, continues this summer in Sebastopol's Ives Park. It opened July 12 with “Servant of Two Masters,” Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni's 18th-century masterpiece, reset in the 1960s, which continues at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays until July 28. $10-$20.

Up next at the Sebastopol Shakespeare Festival is the Bard's “The Tempest,” running Aug. 9-25. Picnicking in the park is half the fun at these shows, but bring blankets. It gets chilly after dark. 823-0177, www.MainStageWest.com.

Shakespeare Napa Valley presents the master's “Comedy of Errors” at 7 p.m. Aug. 15-18 in the open air at the Veteran's Park in downtown Napa. 256-7500, shakespearenapavalley.org.

“Shakespeare Under the Stars” will present “Romeo and Juliet” at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sundays, Aug.8-25, at the Buena Vista Winery, 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma. $25. 800-926-1266, buenavistawinery.com.

“Hamlet” opened Friday (July 19) and plays at 7 tonight (July 21) at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville. It closes July 28. $35. 857-1471, franciscoppolawinery.com.

“Gigolo: The New Cole Porter Review,” the creation of North Bay set designer and producer Paul Gilger, will be performed outdoors at at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 and 11 at the Coppola Winery. $25-$210.

For those who prefer Broadway over the Bard, the Transcendence Theater Company continues its second annual “Broadway Under the Stars” series at Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen.

The troupe, made up of performers from Broadway shows and national touring companies, opens it next musical revue, “Dancing Through Life,” Aug. 9. $29-$117. 877-424-1414, TranscendenceTheatre.org.

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