Michael Givens deserves some sort of an award.
Or at least a large audience at his Shakespeare in the Park productions.
Given previously staged them at Reid Park through Tucson Parks and Rec, but the plug was pulled from the annual event, and eventually Givens moved over to El Rio.
And he brought Shakespeare back, this time to the Himmel Park Amphiteatre, an ideal outdoor area of the park.
This year, it’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” a comedy that puts Shakespeare’s popular Sir John Falstaff at the center of a love story. Of course, Falstaff doesn’t do so well in love, as he allows greed and his infamous vanity to get the better part of him as he woos a couple of well-off country housewives. In short, he’s a cad. And the women know just how to play a cad.
Performances are 7 p.m. this Friday through Sunday, then Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 6.
It’s free, it’s fun, it’s ideal for the family. Bring a picnic, bring a blanket to sit on, and bring your humor.
And while you’re at it, give a special thanks to Givens for his devotion to Shakespeare in the Park and the community.