The Winter's Tale may be the only work by the Bard that focuses on the travails and hard-won joys of an enduring marriage.
In more than a dozen other plays, from Romeo and Juliet to Measure for Measure, Shakespeare brilliantly examines the dynamics of erotic longing. But only in this work does he explore the frozen silences that can afflict a long relationship, the arguments as unwinnable as they are bitter. When the hostilities die down and love returns, it can seem more miraculous than the first flush of passion.
If you go The Winter's Tale runs through April 27 at St. Mary's Outreach Center, 3900 Roland Ave. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20-$25. Call 410-366-8596 or go to baltimoreshakespeare.org.