by Betsy Natter

Need to brush up on your American History? Do you usually find learning history boring? Well, this summer enjoy The Complete History of America (Abridged) during a free outdoor theater experience and have a few laughs too.

As the title suggests, this is a comedic play that spans 600 years of history in America during its 90 minute run.  The three person team entertains with vaudeville-like sketches, puns, parodies and attempts at “political correctness.” You’ll hear about the discovery of America, our many wars, the evolution of TV and entertainment, and cultural topics like road-rage, gas lines, civil rights, racism and homophobia.

For the past 13 years, Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company has been presenting free Theater in the Parks programs throughout the area. Many of their productions are classic works, with a large repertoire of Shakespearean plays. However, they also perform contemporary pieces as evidenced by this year’s choice. Three performances will be held in Montgomery County venues with many others in nearby Chester County parks.

Local venues and dates include:

Green Lane ParkSun., July 15 (7 pm curtain)
Ampitheater off Green Lane Rd.
Green Lane, PA 18054

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania – Wed., July 18 (6:30 pm curtain)
100 E Northwestern Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Rain or Shine event!

Whites Road Park – Thurs., July 26 (7:30 pm curtain)
400 Whites Rd.
Lansdale, PA 19446
(Rain date 7/27)

If you plan to attend, be sure to bring blankets or low-backed folding chairs as no seating is available in any of the parks. Feel free to bring your own refreshments for the performance.

Check out the Commonwealth Classic Theater Company website for actor bios, background on the company, ways to contribute or a listing of other dates and venues for their summer run.

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