Utah Shakespeare Festival
Utah Shakespeare Festival
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The Utah Shakespeare Festival produces the work of Shakespeare and other classic playwrights in three spaces at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts in Cedar City Utah. Plays, orientations, seminars, Greenshows, classes, camps, and tours complete a Festival experience.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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doaelric
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
USF is run by a horrible man!! The Deaf Community of Utah is interested in the Festival just as hearing people are but Frank Mack not only denies the providing of ASL Interpreters but he's really excessively rude about it! Instead of just saying, "I'm sorry, we don't follow the ADA law that requires us to provide interpreters", he is really rude to those who have asked for interpreters. He says it's because they don't have the budget. I know of several small theatres in Utah who make MILLIONS less than USF who still provide interpreters. USF used to be great about it until they hired Frank Mack. I used to be a yearly attender but I have learned of this from several Deaf people and I have decided to boycott. I refuse to spend any of my money with USF until they start providing equal access to Deaf patrons. They provide captioning but, as the Deaf have stated, "If I want to read Shakespeare, I['ll stay home and read him. I want to SEE the play!"
Written August 9, 2021
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Lisa N
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We have been patrons of the Festival for many years, but read this before you shell out money (lots) for tickets: Clue was FANTASTIC! That one was the Festival we remember. Well worth the $. Sound of Music: the actress for Maria couldn't even sing. How did she get the part? Terrible. Children were darling though. King Lear? Meh. I've seen much better. All's Well That Ends Well? We left at intermission. It was that bad.
It appears that the new management is more interested in making money and pushing some kind of agenda rather than improving the quality of their actors and productions. I miss Fred Adams (founder) in a very big and real way.
Written August 24, 2022
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Bradsd1
San Diego, CA32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We have been attending the Utah Shakespeare Festival for over 30 years. It has become an annual base for our family reunion. (19 of us this year) It is with sadness that I noted some recent developments when we attended this month.
I opened the playbook to a DEI page. It has been my impression that this Festival has been diverse and inclusive for years and has consistently picked the best actor for the job based on his or her abilities, not skin color. Why the sudden concern with diversity and with pronouns?
We saw three plays. The musical was good. The two Shakespeare plays (Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer) were unevenly acted and we left Midsummer at intermission. It is astonishing to me that the Festival is now concerned with racial or ethnic quotas. (By the way, the Latino and Asian communities are very underrepresented) Obsession with racial, gender or whatever equity you deem to be important will continue to denigrate your plays. You will never satisfy your critics in this arena. Please, please focus on the quality of your direction and the quality of your actors wherever you find them. All of your decisions have tradeoffs. Don't lower your standards for some unattainable goal.
Before we decide to head south to St. George for our summer theater, we are going to give the Shakespeare Festival another chance in 2024. Surely, this virtue signaling and quota obsession will give way to a real concern with artistic excellence.
Written August 24, 2023
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Kathleen S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
I saw the Pirates of Penzance on Friday evening. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the choreography which enhanced the comedic elements. My friend, who had never seen a Gilbert and Sullivan musical before could not stop laughing. If you are expecting a traditional production you may be disappointed. If you are expecting a fun romp...then this is the production for you.
Written August 9, 2021
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Cappy F
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Jun 2024 • Friends
My friend and I attended the Shakespeare Festival for almost 20 years. Then, Fred Adams stepped down, and it gradually became a Liberal Sunday School summer camp.
If you aren’t getting enough of the Woke Church crammed down your throat elsewhere, by all means come here for more.
Shakespeare wrote to entertain, not to push a particular point of view. But that doesn’t stop artistically inept directors and dramaturga from turning lighthearted comedy and cathartic tragedy into weak, sad attempts to convert theater-goers into liberals. Don’t liberals get tired of this constant barrage of wokeness? I’d get tired of it even if I believed it. Come on!! Quit preaching and start entertaining!
Written June 3, 2024
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Marianne P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Having attended the festival for over 25 years, I had heard there were some problems in 2022 and was concerned that I wouldn't enjoy the festival as much this 2023 season. My family saw three plays this year, Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet and the Play that Goes Wrong. We absolutely loved the productions, my family felt that it was actually the best quality performances we had seen in Cedar City in recent years. Comments like too woke do not belong when describing a classic Shakespeare production where the actor's scripts are directly Shakespeare's unmodified writings (I'm flabbergasted by some of these reviews). I think these comments refer to the presence of a few racially diverse actors on stage, not every actor is white but the majority are by far (I'm sickened by some of the above reviews). But to summarize, the plays this year where a breath of fresh energy and were absolutely lovely!
Written July 20, 2023
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Welp
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Jun 2022 • Family
It’s gone from fantastic acting and plays to sub-par performances with a hefty dose of wokism and identity politics

The plays suck now, but at least the actors have pronouns in their bios. It’s a total farce.

It’ll fade away in five years if it doesn’t make a pretty drastic course correction.
Written January 16, 2023
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Don Peters
Las Vegas, NV13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Utah Shakespeare Festival. We saw the Shakespeare play "Alls well, that ends well". The play was really enjoyable, acting excellent, and nice theatre. We also enjoyed the seminars and entertainment at the festival. As a special note we found 2 outstanding Restaurants in Cedar City (Centro Woodfired Pizzeria, and All American Cafe) We will definitely comeback next year.
Written July 30, 2022
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Peter K
Hurricane, UT820 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We have attended five plays, Clue (very good), Sweeny Todd (our performance was a read thru not the actual play and OK issue was covid issues but no notification of change prior to our arrival), All's Well OK, The Tempest and King Lear (decent). All's Well and the Tempest are adaptions set in non Shakespearean times which is not my cup of tea.
Overall, not as good as the pre covid years. Probably won't be back in 2023.
Written August 2, 2022
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Debbie H
Grand Junction, CO103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Love everything about it. I went several times in the 2000's. This is my 1st trip back since the new theater was built. The grounds are beautiful!!! It is a very relaxing atmosphere. The festival does so much to make your visit a good one. Very good value. The free seminars and greenshow are good value added. We saw Comedy of Terrors and Ragtime and enjoyed them both. I will continue to attend this festival.
Very friendly town and lots of places to eat and great sceanery.
Written September 10, 2021
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