You may well find an actor next to that blanket at some point, one of a number of small, lo-fi grace notes that amplify the gleeful silliness of the comedy. Rosaline, as the women one-up each other over the bouquets they've received, chides, "Madame, came nothing else along with that?" and shakes her own flowers: They came with bells. And Maureen Butler, as a Schoolmaster who wrangles the simpletons to put on a show for the nobles, leads a gut-busting chant of "Bum titty," accompanied by deadpan fools with kitchen implements.
And while about everything ultimately winds up as you would expect, the last swerve of the ending is a pleasant departure from neatly tied-up nuptials. No spoilers, but it's less like the ending of a play than the ending of a season.
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LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST | by William Shakespeare | Directed by Sally Wood | Produced by Fenix Theatre Company | at the reflecting pool in Deering Oaks Park | in repertory through August 13 | fenixtheatre.com
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