ARTS Pick: Mother Bombie

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Bridget Rue stars as Mother Bombie in a Shakespearean arranged marriage farce that proves timeless at American Shakespeare Center. Photo: Lindsey Walters Bridget Rue stars as Mother Bombie in a Shakespearean arranged marriage farce that proves timeless at American Shakespeare Center. Photo: Lindsey Walters

Mother Bombie is an Elizabethan comedy that tells the timeless story of parents’ fruitless efforts in matchmaking. Plans go awry when two couples are caught in the middle of an arranged marriage scheme. The roller coaster plot features disguises, servant’s antics, awkward teen love and a shocking reveal. With snappy one-liners like, “You must, for fashion sake, confess yourself to be asses,” this comedy delights audiences of all time periods.

Through 4/4. $18-44, 7:30pm. Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market St., Staunton. (540) 851-1733.