It might not be a first, but I can’t recall another recent instance in the mid-valley when five separate theatrical productions were running at the same time.

But that’s the case this weekend, with two new productions hitting area stages to join three other shows that are continuing their runs.

Let’s start with the new shows first and then refresh your memory about the other ones:

For some movie fans, “Shakespeare in Love” will always be the flick that stole the best picture Oscar from “Saving Private Ryan.” But on its own terms, “Shakespeare” is a delightful show, with witty dialogue from Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman.

The writer Lee Hall adapted the Stoppard-Norman screenplay for

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