Free Shakespeare in the park may be great for some people, but for others, it is difficult, if not impossible, for physical reasons. So the Muse of Fire Theatre Company is bringing some performances of Romeo and Juliet indoors.

The classic will be performed outdoors at Ingraham Park, to the west of the Morton Civic Center, on weekend afternoons, but will move indoors to the third floor of the Evanston Public Library for five performances.

The Ingraham Park performances will be held Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 9-10, 16-17, 30-31, and Sept. 6-7 at 3 p.m.

Indoor performances at the library will be Aug. 22-24 and 29-30 at 7:30 p.m.

No tickets are required for any performances, which are co-sponsored by the City of Evanston.

More information is available on the Muse of Fire website.

And now, speaking of Shakespeare, here are his thoughts about a summer day:

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day ?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st;
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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