“Now is the winter of our discontent …”

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from left, Molly Purves, Rob Myers, Chelsea McCarthy, Xavier Power, Amy Sabin Barrow, Jill Macy, Brooke Hardman Ditchfiel and Chris Roberts — Photo by Maria Thibodeau

The seventh season of Shakespeare for the Masses got off to a great start with two standing-room-only performances of Richard III last weekend at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. The condensed hourlong play included all of the famous speeches, and injected humor, pantomime, and a highly opinionated narrator to tell the rest. It proved a comical, user-friendly introduction to Shakespeare, setting the stage for a successful rest of the season. Visit vineyardplayhouse.org for information on upcoming shows.