In a time of famine, common Romans view well-fed patricians with suspicion and revolt against them. A military hero uncomfortably enters politics and cannot disguise his contempt for the citizenry. War, intrigue, and partisanship are mixed in. This is “Coriolanus,” a tragedy that never has been on Shakespeare’s hit parade, but that last year Ralph Fiennes made into a movie.
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company artistic director Steven Maler chose the political drama for this summer’s Shakespeare on the Common production, which he directs. The free performances run through Aug. 12, Tuesday through Sunday, weather permitting. More information is at 617-426-0863 and www.commshakes.org.