TIMON OF ATHENS | Believe it or not: a play by William Shakespeare, published in the First Folio of 1623, is about to have its Boston premiere, courtesy of Actors’ Shakespeare Project. When it comes to the Bard’s Problem Plays, the 1607 Timon tops the list: we’re not sure whether it’s some kind of experiment or just unfinished, and we’re not even sure he wrote all of it, since parts sound more like the work of Thomas Middleton. The plot has our wealthy Athenian gentleman throwing a large banquet and giving away money by the bushelful. (Could Shakespeare be commenting on the spending habits of the Jacobean nobility?) When his steward informs Timon that he’s given it all away, he appeals to his “friends” for help but is turned down, whereupon he flees Athens for a cave in the wilderness — where gold is discovered. Will Timon use his new wealth to destroy the city? With Allyn Burrows in the title role, plus Steven Barkhimer, Daniel Berger-Jones, Joel Colodner, Michelle Dowd, John Kuntz, Will Lyman, and Bobbie Steinbach; Bill Barclay directs. | Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center St, Fort Point Channel, Boston | 866.811.4111 | May 19–June 13 | Curtain 7:30 pm [May 19] Wed | 10 am [May 27] + 7:30 pm Thurs | 7:30 pm Fri | 3 pm [no May 22] + 8 pm Sat | 2 pm Sun | $20-$47

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