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After seeing productions of Shakespeare’s plays updated with modern dress and staged in parks and parking lots, the Globe Theatre’s presentation of "Measure for Measure," at St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO beginning Dec. 20, will seem refreshingly old fashioned.

Directed by John Dove, this British import will be staged in the round, with an all-male cast, period music and clothing.

In the play, Duke Vincentio is dismayed by the moral and social depravity among his subjects, so he deputizes Lord Angelo to govern while he goes undercover as a friar to hear the word on the street. While the play is one of the Bard’s comedies, it addresses sobering issues that are still debated, including the death penalty, morality and political corruption.

Mark Rylance (pictured) stars as Duke Vincentio, in his final stage appearance as the Globe’s artistic director.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre of London’s "Measure for Measure" will be performed at St. Ann’s Warehouse (38 Water St. at Dock Street in DUMBO) on Dec. 20-Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-Dec. 30 at 7:30 pm; Jan. 1 at 7 pm; and Dec. 21, Dec. 28 and Jan. 1 at 2 pm. Tickets are $60. For tickets, call (718) 254-8779 or visit the Web site at

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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