Patrick Kilpatrick

'The Two Gentlemen of Verona,' in Oakland Mills

'The Two Gentlemen of Verona,' in Oakland Mills

The eternal truths found in Shakespeare help explain why theater companies often like to give his plays a contemporary setting. Audiences at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills will take it in stride that the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has taken a comedy written in the 1590s, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," and moved it up in time to 1991.

Although this sparely mounted production has a set that only amounts to a simple wood platform on the theater floor, the contemporary clothing on the characters makes them pass for circa 1990s young American adults; and there are enough guitar-strumming musical interludes to underscore the Gen X mood.

Those who know the play...