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Drink up Shakespeare Theatre's production of 'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart'

 'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart,' presented by the National Theatre of Scotland, is a storytelling show based on the Border ballads and performed in a Washington pub.
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Date published: 11/29/2012


The whole cast pitches in to create the lovely Scottish music that permeates the show. There's Grace on recorder and bagpipes, Macrae on violin and guitar, while McKay beats the bodhran. Both McKay and Clark play guitar and banjo as well, and they all sing.

"Prudencia" is not a nonstop laugh riot. The energy drops off considerably while Prudencia is in Hell with Nick, and the show never quite regains the intensity and fun of its first half.

It's also fairly bawdy, so if that sort of thing bothers you, this will not be your cup of tea. Speaking of which, theater-goers may purchase an astounding variety of beers or even wine or spirits to enjoy during the performance. (Legal ID required for entrance.)

So "Prudencia" is funny, at least to start with, and it's definitely different. It also provides charming music to enjoy. But it's not for everyone.

Lucia Anderson is a writer in Woodbridge.

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What: "The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart" When: Through Dec. 9 Where: Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW, Washington Tickets: $50 Info: 202/547-1122; ShakespeareTheatre.org