- The Washington Times - Monday, January 15, 2007

You don’t have to be a fan of Shakespearean plays to appreciate the multifaceted Shakespeare in Washington Festival, running for the next six months in and around the city. Among the many alternatives to sitting through “Othello” or “Macbeth,” the National Gallery of Art is currently displaying “Sources for Shakespeare’s Plays,” a collection of texts that inspired and informed the Bard’s various writings. Visitors can glimpse unusual 16th- and 17th-century works including early illustrated editions of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” Livy’s “Roman History” and Plutarch’s “Lives,” each of which factored into several of Shakespeare’s famous works. This exhibition, showing through April 17, is free at the East Building Library Atrium, between 3rd and 7th streets at Constitution Avenue NW. Galler hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional details, call 202/737-4215 or log on to www.shakespeareinwashington.org or www.nga.gov.

— Jenny Mayo

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