I think I'm safe in saying that most people outside the bounds of professional theater have never heard of "Philaster, or Love Lies a-Bleeding," the early 17th century tragicomedy by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher. Of the few who have, probably only a fraction can say they've actually seen it performed.
I joined the ranks of the really, really few this weekend, when I saw the American Shakespeare Center's production of "Philaster." What I expected (a spirited version of yet another obscure play) and what I got (one of the most rousing and funny of plays not written by Shakespeare) was a difference of delightfully prodigious proportions.
For the best seats, order your Philaster, or Love Lies a-Bleeding tickets today!
Written by Charles Culbertson, Staunton News Leader GO! Section, 2.9.12
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