The brochure for the 2009 season of the PA Shakespeare Festival just arrived in my mailbox and as someone who grew up loving plays, musicals, dramas - just about anything on the stage - the PA Shakespeare Festival is right up my alley.

I first checked it out two years ago for a performance of Amadeus. Knowing the movie, I figured I would like the stage production, and I did, partly because the theater was small and intimate - I actually felt like I was part of the play.

That brought me back last year for Cyrano de Bergerac and Twelfth Night. One of the best things about this festival is it features Shakespeare's plays as well as others that non-Shakespeare fans can get into.

Of the five performances this season, I've decided that I want to see The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), which appears to be a comedy, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, a Shakespearean classic.

And then there's the perennial The Green Show, which I adore for its goofiness and freshness courtesy of the cast of college students. On a clear evening, it takes place on the lawn of the Labuda Center an hour prior to the real show. I like to bring along a picnic dinner and eat at the tables and benches provided while I watch the show.

Think you might see a show at the PA Shakespeare Festival this year? Which one?