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FAU does Shakespeare and Sondheim

Fest Rep actorsFlorida Atlantic University's 2009 Festival Repertory Theatre kicks off this weekend with William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night(a play that also happens to be running in New York's Central Park, with ex-Miamian Raúl Esparza playing Orsino to Anne Hathaway's Viola).  Directed by Jean-Louis Baldet, FAU's Twelfth Night is set in 1920s-era Hollywood.  It runs though July 12, with performances at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday (June 20), 2 p.m. Sunday (June 21), 8 p.m. June 26-27 and July 10-11, 2 p.m. June 27 and July 11-12.

Joining it in rep July 3-26 is Stephen Sondheim's Company, a 1970 musical about a New York bachelor named Bobby and his seemingly happy married pals. (That one also has an Esparza connection: He earned a 2007 Tony Award nomination for playing Bobby in the Broadway revival.)  Performances of Company are at 8 p.m. July 3, July 17-18 and July 24-25; 2 p.m. July 5, July 18-19 and July 25-26; 4 p.m. July 4.

Tickets to each show are $15 and $20.  For information, call 1-800-564-9539 or visit the FAU eventsweb page.  Performances are in the University Theatre on the campus at 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton.  As part of its Summer Festival Second Stage, FAU is also presenting brief runs of John Cariani's Almost, Maine (July 9, July 16 and July 22) and Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde(July 12, July 19 and July 23).  All performances are at 8 p.m. in the university's Studio One Theatre, with tickets priced at $5.

Want a taste of what's to come? FAU is offering a free preview of numbers from Company and other Broadway shows, plus a piano performance by music department chair Heather Coltman at 7 p.m. Friday at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton.

(Summer Rep company members Bruce Linser, Cassie Greer, Alexa Cappiello and Tim Marriott are shown in the photo.)