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Who makes the fairest show means the most deceit,” Shakespeare once opined in his play Pericles, Prince of Tyre (a work that might have been co-written by other people). Every year, the merry folks at Independent Shakespeare Co. make a pretty fair show without too much deception involved, as they gambol about the sylvan trees and hills of Griffith Park when they stage free performances of the Bard’s plays. Through the end of this month, performances of Pericles alternate with Twelfth Night. In Pericles, Melissa Chalsma directs cast members Gyasi Silas, Aisha Kabia, Bukola Ogunmola, Lorenzo González and others through a multigenerational tale involving shipwrecks, royal riddles and familial love. 

The Old Zoo at Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Griffith Park; Wed., Aug. 28, 7 p.m.; free. (818) 710-6306, iscla.org