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Idaho Shakespeare Festival announces its 40th season and launches early-bird ticket sales

Save on Idaho Shakespeare Festival 40th anniversary season tickets with early-bird discounts.
Save on Idaho Shakespeare Festival 40th anniversary season tickets with early-bird discounts. Idaho Statesman file

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival turns 40 this summer with a repertory lineup that goes from thrilling to hysterical to harmonic.

Early-bird ticket sales for three- and five-show packages, box seats, flex packages and more start at noon on Nov. 21 and go to Dec. 31 at IdahoShakespeare.org. You can save up to 42 percent.

Early bird prices start at $105 for three mid-week shows (Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays) or $126 for Fridays and Sundays. Student season passes start at $45 and flex packages start at $258.

ISF 40th season lineup

▪  The festival’s run of mysteries and thrillers continues with Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” directed by producing artistic director Charlie Fee. One of the classic thrillers, it tells the story of 10 strangers who are invited to an isolated island by a mysterious host, then start getting killed one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Dates: May 27 through July 31.

▪  Next up is Shakespeare’s whimsical comedy “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” directed by first-time ISF director Tyne Rafaeli. You’ll get a lesson in wooing when four best friends swear off love, then find romance at every turn.

Dates: June 3 through 26.

▪  Director Victoria Bussert’s production of Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” sits at the center of the season. In this musical adaptation of Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” a linguistics professor wagers that he can teach a lower-class flower girl to speak properly and thus be taken for a lady. It features the songs “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”

Dates: July 1-Aug. 26.

▪  Resident director Drew Barr’s vision of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” is up next. This gender-bending comedy finds twins — one woman, one man — separated by a shipwreck and landed on different spots of the same shore. She disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman her brother loves.

Dates: Aug. 5 through 28.

▪  Bussert returns to set the September show “Forever Plaid.” In it, the Plaids, a four-part tight-harmony guys quartet of the 1950s, are on the way to record their first album when their 1954 Mercury collides with a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles’ American debut. The girls are fine but the Plaids don’t make it. Now, the group returns from the afterlife to give one final performance, featuring some of the best-loved songs of the era.

Dates: Sept. 2 through 25.

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