“He’s at the point where he needs to be taught a lesson,” said Brian McGuinness, who is portraying the bumbling character in Ghostlight Productions’ Shakespeare in the Park presentation of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” through June 2 at South Abington Park.
Strayer and Moore, as you might have guessed by now, have the roles of Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page, the two “merry wives” who decide to give Falstaff his comeuppance after he is so bold as to make advances to the two of them.
“He is not her type at all,” Moore said, describing Mrs. Page’s reaction, “and she’s offended by the thought that she would leave her husband for him.”
Adding to the drama is a subplot involving three suitors for the hand of young Anne Page, who is Mrs. Page’s daughter. While the girl’s mother favors a local doctor named Caius as a future son-in-law, the girl’s father prefers a more weak-willed man named Slender whom, he believes, he can influence, and Anne Page herself favors a young man named Fenton.
If you think this sounds like a soap opera, or maybe even a “Desperate Housewives” episode, you’re right.