After 12 years of making the trip from Boston to Ashland Oregon, we have decided we simply cannot tolerate the poor to dreadful productions. When we travel so far, we try to see everything that is running, usually 9 plays in repertory. Four out of the nine were splendid. As I have already commented to the theatre administration, " We were completely blown away by Troilus and Cressida and think it is one of the most important plays we have seen in Ashland: brilliantly acted, and placed in it’s and our history. We can say the same about Seagull. It was an honor to be in the same space as the magnificent Kathryn Meisle. We also were enchanted by The White Snake and enjoyed the zany Animal Crackers. We happened to sit behind a young man with down’s syndrome who was overjoyed by the experience which added to our enjoyment as well."
Romeo and Juliet was "dummed down" for the younger audience (a practice I find insulting for us as well as the younger audience). Merry Wives was an equal opportunity insulter, particularly for those with alternative life styles or searching for a way to have same-sex marriages (Shame on you OSF!). We walked out of the three plays on the outtoor stage, and only stayed through to the end of Medea, MacBeth, and Cinderella as it was a truly "Emperor's New Clothes" type of experience and we were mesmerized with fear by the terribly dangerous set, fearful that some of our favorite actors would be harmed.
Ashland itself is a dream of a town and we will miss it.
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