The Delaware Shakespeare Festival’s 11th annual outdoor summer production sets this romantic comedy in the roaring ’20s. “It was that time of history when we just got out of the war and everybody was going crazy and doing whatever they wanted,” explains director Samantha Bellomo, also People’s Light & Theatre Company’s resident director. From jazz music to speakeasies, a societal “release” occurred, which Bellomo — a five-time Barrymore Award-nominee for both dance and fight choreography — sees paralleled in the Bard’s adventure about two friends who fall hard for the same woman. The cast features Brandon Pierce and Adam Darrow as the title characters, Philadelphia stage beauty Emilie Krause as the object of their desires, and Philly’s Griffin Stanton-Ameisen as Launce — whose dog Crab will be cast along with several stage-savvy shelter pooches, all available for adoption after the run.
July 12-28, $10-$15, Rockwood Park, 4651 Washington St. Ext., Wilmington, Del., 302-415-3373, delshakes.org.