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Colorado Shakespeare Festival

University of Colorado campus, Boulder, CO
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Ranked #9 of 59 attractions in Boulder
Type: Theaters
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Colordao, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a venerable institution. However, the production values have slipped alarmingly over the past few seasons. Once a proud season sponsor, I now choose to find entertainment elsewhere. I would advise people to look toward the Boulder Ensemble Theater Company for excellent and diverse theater.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Try to aim for shows at Mary Rippon Theater, the outdoor one. You can bring a picnic and there is a roped-off section of Norlin Quad where booze is permitted, so bring a bottle of wine or whatever you like. Good selection of plays so take in one you may not be familiar with.

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Longmont, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

This festival is held in the CU campus. Some of the plays are outdoors and some indoors. Bring a basket with wine and cheese and you are all set. I love the outdoor plays in the summer! They do a great job if like Shakespeare.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

I saw the performance of Midsummer Night's Dream in the summer of 2013 and it was phenomenal. As are the other shows I've been too. The acting is great and there is often a fun twist on the play, though they stick to original dialogue. I thought the show was great (I'm a 15 year old girl with a mother... More

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Longmont, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We've been to 3 performances and enjoyed them all. I like the setting better than the Buell. We had one rain stoppage. It was a fun half hour inside a hallway to talk about how the thunder had fit right into the sword fight in Romeo and Juliet

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

It doesn't get better than taking your 10 year old granddaughter to her first Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, on a beautiful midsummer night in Boulder! The amphitheater is classic & the curtain timed to begin the moment a glaring sun dipped behind the grand old buildings on the University of Colorado campus. Altho we would have preferred a younger... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We saw Midsummer Night's Dream with our kids and they were mesmerized. The 1920's setting was an excellent directorial choice - very accessible to the kids yet remained true to the Bard. All the actors were excellent (huge shout out to the hilariously funny couples, Helen/Demetrius and Hermia/Lysander) and Geoff Kent's direction was terrific. The physical comedy of Demetrius and... More

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Chip Persons carried this more obscure play and brought alive not just history but a multi-faceted character who elicited many emotions from disgust to comic disdain to sympathy and great sadness for him. The costumes were great. Also, the C.U. campus is worth seeing.

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Coonoor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Just saw Midsummer Night's Dream last night, and it was one of the best productions of that play I've ever seen. Geoff Kent's direction was superb, and the actors were all wonderful. Great sound design and costumes, too. A rollicking good time -- lots of belly laughs. There is construction on campus, which means the normal route from the main... More

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Boulder
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

The most important thing is....you don't have to be a Shakespeare expert to enjoy, especially the comedies.

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