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Bob Keyes

Bob Keyes has written about the arts in Maine since 2002. He’s never been much an artist himself, other than singing in junior high school chorus and acting in a few musicals. But he’s attended museums, theaters, clubs and concert halls all his life, and cites Bob Dylan as most influential artist of any kind since Picasso. He lives in Berwick.

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Posted: July 12, 2016

There’s ‘Much Ado’ in Deering Oaks

Written by: Bob Keyes


Kevin O'Leary is Leonato in the Fenix Theatre Company's performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" in Deering Oaks Park. Photo by Jill Brady/Staff Photographer

Kevin O’Leary is Leonato in the Fenix Theatre Company’s performance of “Much Ado About Nothing” in Deering Oaks Park. Photo by Jill Brady/Staff Photographer

Fenix Theatre Company, the presenter of free Shakespeare in the park at Deering Oaks in Portland, is back for another season with the comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” and a cast of 19, including regulars Sally Wood, Peter Brown, Kevin O’Leary, Karen Ball and Rob Cameron.

Performances begin this week at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Aug. 6 at the Deering Oaks bandshell. The performance on July 30 will be at Congress Square.

Artistic director Rob Cameron aims to create an atmosphere of pure summer fun, where we can spend 90 minutes “in a world that is more innocent — and oftentimes more musical — than ours, but also a world where things can and do go very wrong.”

Cameron and his team wanted to present something light this year after the heavy lift of last summer’s “Hamlet,” which was presented in the back of a truck.

“This show is just what we needed,” he said. “It is an incredibly funny and accessible play for modern audiences.”

For the first time, Fenix is using the bandstand at Deering Oaks. Floor microphones will be set up on the lip of the stage, so the actors will be audible. Admission is free, with donations accepted. Bring a lawn chair and picnic, as well as bug spray. The show lasts about 90 minutes.


WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, through Aug. 6
WHERE: Bandshell at Deering Oaks Park, Portland; the performance on July 30 will be at Congress Square

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