ARTS Pick: The Rover

John Harrell, Symmonie Preston and Chris Johnston run lines for Aphra Behn's The Rover, onstage at Blackfriars Playhouse for the American Shakespeare Center's Renaissance season. Photo: Jay McClure. John Harrell, Symmonie Preston and Chris Johnston run lines for Aphra Behn’s The Rover, onstage at Blackfriars Playhouse for the American Shakespeare Center’s Renaissance season. Photo: Jay McClure.

17th century spy and playwright Aphra Behn’s work returns to the American Shakespeare Center with a production of The Rover (subtitled The Banish’d Cavaliers), a romantic romp through the Naples Carnival. Rakish naval captain Willmore finds himself trapped in a love triangle filled with convents, courtesans and mistaken identities. From thieves and prostitutes to nuns and country gentleman, Behn’s rich characters and bold heroines made her the female voice of England’s liberal Restoration period.

Through 4/5. $18-42, 7:30pm. Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market St., Staunton. (540) 885-5588.

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