Washington's Shakespeare Theatre has two sparkling productions on the boards. "The Servant of Two Masters," adapted from the 18th-century Carlo Goldoni comedy and brilliantly directed by Christopher Bayes, runs through July 8 at the Lansburgh Theatre. It could probably run for months, given the high-voltage performances by Steven Epp as Truffaldino and the rest of the deliciously over-the-top cast. The Bard is being well-served in an inventive production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor," updated by director Stephen Rayne to 1919 and given a spiffy set by Daniel Lee Conway. David Schramm is every inch an ideal Falstaff, with a richly resonant voice to match. The whole cast shines in this fast-moving joy ride. Through July 15 at Sidney Harman Hall. Come the real dog days of summer, the company will offer another Shakespeare production, this one for free -- "All's Well That Ends Well," Aug. 23 to Sept. 5.
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