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Some appetites never go out of style. The pursuit of money is bound to backfire when the targets are smarter than their gold-digging schemer. Falstaff’s dubious plan to woo Windsor’s wealthy housewives is met with hilarious retaliation, when the ladies devise a plot to teach him a lesson he won’t soon forget. The comedic comeuppance is an absolute treat in Shakespeare’s delightful comedy on love, money, deception, and the power of women.
Performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor run approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including one 15-minute intermission.
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The merry wives (Regina Aquino, left and Ami Brabson) share a good laugh at the expense of the scheming Falstaff.
An irritable Dr. Caius (Cody Nickell) gives orders to his servant Mistress Quickly (Kate Eastwood Norris).
Falstaff (Brian Mani) asks Pistol (Danielle Gallo) to deliver his two identical love letters to a couple of merry wives in the town of Windsor.
A suspicious Dr. Caius (Cody Nickell) demands answers from Mistress Quickly (Kate Eastwood Norris) after capturing Simple (Derrick Truby, left) red-handed in the closet.
Abraham Slender (Brian Reisman) is a bit uncomfortable at wooing the town’s most eligible bachelorette, Anne Page (Linda Bard).
Falstaff (Brian Mani, right) reports back to a disguised Mr. Ford (Eric Hissom) on the affairs of Mrs. Ford in Folger Theatre’s 1970’s-infused The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Mrs. Page (Regina Aquino, left) and Mrs. Ford (Ami Brabson), Windsor’s merry wives, having fun retaliating against a conniving Falstaff (Brian Mani).
Slender (Brian Reisman, left) and Justice Shallow (Tommy A. Gomez) try to understand Windsor's local glergyman, the Welsh-accented Sir John Hughes (Todd Scofield).
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Folger Theatre gratefully acknowledges the kind support of the following sponsors.
Premier Season Sponsors
Peter Andrews, In memory of Joan Andrews, a Folger Reader and supporter for many years.
Maygene and Steve Daniels
Helen and David Kenney and Family
Robin and Roger Millay
Neal T. Turtell
Scott and Liz Vance
Nancy and Steve Howard
Keith and Celia Arnaud
Jeffrey P. Cunard
Denise Gwyn Ferguson
Margaret and David Gardner
Mr. William J. Camarinos
Barbra Eaton and Ed Salners
Pam McFarland and Brian Hagenbuch