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“The Bowmer Beam or Bowmer in the Park” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
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Owner description: You don't need to head to England to experience the genius of a Shakespearean play. Much closure to home is the Oregon Shakespeare Festival located in Ashland, Oregon. Every year at the end of October you can enjoy on average over ten of Shakespeare's plays performed in both classic and newly imagined style. Separate tickets are needed for each show which is held one of the event campus's two indoor one outdoor spa
Bellingham, Washington
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“The Bowmer Beam or Bowmer in the Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2011

Just experienced the remarkable first-ever opening of the Bowmer in the Park tent production of "August: Osage County" yes, in a tent in Lithia Park adjacent to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR. Why is Bowmer in the Park? On June 15, a 78'x14"x70' supporting beam of the Bowmer Theatre cracked during a rehearsal and the building was declared unsafe. Scramble, regroup, rinse, repeat et voila! After only one performance (that night) was canceled, plans B,C and D went into actiion. The OSF cares about its audience and the experience today at the first-ever BITP was spectacular. Don't miss an opportunity to visit this amazing venue.

Visited July 2011
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Portland Oregon
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“Check the venue and the interpretation or you might regret it.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2011

"To Kill a Mockingbird" excellent play. However we left during intermission of Julius Caesar. While the actors did a fair job, we absolutely hated the interpretation. Photos on the web showed the Rome Coliseum and Elizabethan costumes. Cast showed up in modern clothing, one actor in a baseball cap w/ "Repent" in big letters on his backpack. A woman came out wearing knee high boots and said "SHE" was Julius Caesar....we thought they were joking. The venue was tiny, only 7 rows or so in arena, but we paid over $80 per ticket while others I found paid $20. If they were going to sway so very far from the truthful representation we should have at least been warned and we would have gone elsewhere. We have read the complete works of Shakespeare and the dialogue was correct but this was all done on such low budget...no scenes, costumes and the props were manila folders "Juliet" Caesar laid on, plus 4 unpainted plywood boxes for a "bed" covered with white paper. Blood was red paint from a can....Come on! Such a joke. A wasted trip in Ashland....I guess the economy has forced them to go to the local Goodwill for dressing up and then decide how the "play" can work around it. Sorry. 10 thumbs down for them this time.

Visited July 2011
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Reno
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“Fabulous and fun.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2011

We attended two plays--one inside in the Bomer theatre and one outside in the Shakespeare theatre. While both plays were fabulous, it was so much more fun outside, wrapped under blankets and sipping hot cocoa.

Visited September 2010
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Sacramento, California
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“Best Theater Experience Yet.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2011

The Angus Bowmer Theater suffered a structural accident one week before we were to see Shakespeare's "Measure For Measure". We decided to go anyway and are so glad that we did. All of the shows are still being performed in temporary venues throughout Ashland. The actors and stage crews pulled together and gave a memorable performance that overcame the limitations of the venue (it was held at the Old Armory). The next day we took the Backstage Tour and learned just how unique and challenging the OSF is in terms of plays, sets, and logistics. This is not simply good regional theater. There is something magical in the plays being performed at the OSF, and you owe it to yourself to experience it.

Visited June 2011
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San Francisco, CA
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“superb”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

The 2011 season at OSF is as wonderful as ever. Imaginary Invalid was hilarious! Julius Caesar provocative and intense.

Measure for Measure I found quite disturbing. But an excellent production, especially the female mariachi band with its haunting tunes.

Oregon Shakespeare is so much more than just Shakespeare. Every year, I wish I had time to visit and see all the plays. We're so lucky to have a theater company of this caliber on the west coast.

Visited May 2011
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