With characters named John Littlewit, Lanthorn Leatherhead, and Adam Overdo, we know we’re in the realm of satire. But whose realm? Rarely performed, Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair is a play most theater buffs have never seen. First staged in 1614, this bawdy, sprawling, rather experimental work tracks a day in August at London’s historic summer fair, where character and class overlap and clash. The panoramic Bartholomew Fair meets Shakespeare’s Globe in a new production. —L.J.
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