Camden Civic Theatre will open its production of Shakespeare’s comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor” Friday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. through April 18.

This bawdy comedy has obvious parallels to the popular modern TV sitcom. The story centers on John Falstaff (Thomaston’s Brad Fillion) who finds himself in need of a source of income and, in his questionable wisdom, decides to seduce two wealthy married ladies of Windsor in attempt to gain access to their purses. The clever ladies are quickly on to his plot and turn the tables to insure he gets just what he deserves.

A hysterical supporting cast of characters, costumed according to their unique yet familiar personalities, add to the frolicking as Falstaff’s plans come undone. The sub-plot, proving that love is complicated no matter the age, involves a competition for the hand of a daughter of Windsor using sword fights and sonnets gone wrong.

Director Becca Gross of Camden is employing alternative costuming and tons of physical comedy so that every joke, pun and even the most subtle innuendos illicit laugh-out-loud reactions. For Shakespeare aficionados as well as those who have not read the Bard beyond high school English class, this production is staged to be easily understood and appreciated by all who can appreciate rolling-in-the-aisles entertainment.

In addition to Fillion, the cast includes Dominic Williams, Vicki Wellner, Tyler Johnstone, Scott Anthony Smith, Steve Billiat, Jacob Murphy, Ann Harrison-Billiat, Jim Lattin, Bill Maddox, Tabitha Ordway, Patty Fletcher, Daniel Bird, Britanny Harrison-Billiat, Erica Dailey, Kate Fletcher, Lisa Lundgren, Devin Fletcher, Marie Merrifield, Zach Folk, Isaiah Potter and Ciara Murphy. The show is produced by Carolyn Murphy.

Tickets are $16 for middle orchestra section ands $12 for wings and under balcony, with a $2 discount for senior citizens and students. They may be purchased at the second-floor box office beginning one hour before each performance; by phone at (800) 595-4849; or online at camdencivictheatre.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.