Lust, deception, greed, jealousy — many of Shakespeare’s favorite themes play out humorously in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Sir John Falstaff, who provides comic relief in the histories Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, takes on a starring role here as a down-on-his-luck knight who hopes to obtain financial relief by courting two married women in Windsor. These wives make merry at his expense, until he finally learns his lesson. The production incorporates live period music and is staged by the Arden Shakespeare Festival. Deborah Dennison directs. After shows in Albuquerque and at Santa Fe’s Teatro Paraguas Studio, the play comes to the James A Little Theater (1060 Cerrillos Road, New Mexico School for the Deaf) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, and at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. Tickets cost $20; $15 for students and seniors. Call 505-603-7479 for reservations.
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