Shakespeare with all the trimmings

If you haven’t been to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, put it on your bucket list. This trip with the good friends that enticed me to go the first time several years back was just as enjoyable as ever.

2014-08-09 11.17.53We stay at the McCall House, which is at the top of my list for gracious, lovingly restored and decorated B&Bs in either California or Oregon.2014-08-08 15.30.58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014-08-09 19.43.16And just steps away from the Festivals three theaters–two indoor and an Elizabethan style one outdoors.

 

We started with a innovative version of The Two Gentlemen of Verona with an all-female cast. It took only a few spoken lines to completely forget that women were playing the male roles. Then a bloody and brilliant version of Richard III, the king you love to hate, with consumate acting by veteran actor Don Donahue. For comic relief, a Marx Brothers farce, Cocoanuts was next on the agenda with an improv approach that included the audience–whether they wanted a Marx brother in their laps or not! The last of the eleven productions slated for the 2014 season (which goes from January through October) that I was able to see this time around was Into the Woods, the crazy mixed-up fairytale by Steven Sondheim, with princes on 3-wheel bicycles with horses heads and giant’s wive’s faces projected on the proscenium, a fanciful morality tale for all. I’ll be back next year for sure.

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