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From my sickbed: Guthrie adds second ‘beer, burgers and bard’ event for ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’

It takes a lot to keep me from my appointed theater rounds, but a nasty head cold — complete with a persistent, hacking cough and dizzy demeanor — kept me from attending “Two Gentleman of Verona” on Tuesday night at the Guthrie Theater.

It takes a lot to keep me from my appointed theater rounds, but a nasty head cold — complete with a persistent, hacking cough and dizzy demeanor — kept me from attending “Two Gentleman of Verona” on Tuesday night at the Guthrie Theater. After all, there are few things worse at a live show than someone hacking away throughout the night.

My esteemed colleagues at the dailies have weighed in with their reviews here and here. It sounds like an intriguing production — complete with a set that replicates a 1950s TV studio — but bear in mind that you aren’t about to take in “Twelfth Night,” or even “A Comedy of Errors.” The play is credited as being Shakespeare’s first show, and it is not nearly as well developed as his later, greater works.

The Guthrie also has special events in mind to entice different audiences. Sadly, this Sunday’s “Beer, Burgers and the Bard” event is sold out. A second “Beer, Burgers and the Bard” event will be held Tuesday, March 17. And, on March 15, a younger audience can take part in the annual Shakespeare Classic. The afternoon event, geared to 8- to 15-year-olds, includes a special program and post-show discussion with actors (in costume no less) about Shakespeare and their craft. Tickets for the 1 p.m. matinee are $10.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona runs through March 29 at the Guthrie in Minneapolis. Tickets are $29 to $70. For more information, call 612-377-2224 or visit online.