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“My Best Lady”

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
Ocean Park, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“My Best Lady”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

We all know that George Bernard Shaw wrote an exceptional play, “Pygmalion,” and that Lerner and Lowe turned it into an outstanding musical, “My Fair Lady.” However the cast and staging of "My Fair Lady" at Ashland this year is incredibly effective and it transforms the production from a mere two lead player (Professor Higgins and Eliza Doolittle) show of Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews award-winning fame into an ensemble extravaganza that heightens the interpersonal conflict at the core of Shaw’s masterpiece as a street-urchin flower girl is forever changed into a lady ill-suited to return to the streets of London. Almost all of the orchestration has been revised for piano and two pianos and their pianists take center stage and join in the revelry, supplemented only by strolling ensemble violinists in a style reminiscent of “Riverdance” when appropriate to a song’s mood. The Stage manager and Technical Director have clearly joined and expanded the Producer’s and Director’s creative vision as Lighting and props provide poignant enhancement of the story to an extent rarely seen in productions that do not win the Tony. If there are any rational leaders in Broadway Theatre, this production will be taken to Broadway in 2014 where it will win the Tony for best revival in musical theatre. Come see a West Coast jewel of theatre!

Visited March 2013
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Pleasanton, California
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“Must see great theatre”
Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

Always first class theater. Some of the best on the West Coast. Mix it up and see some Shakespeare, some not. The interpretations are always imaginative. There are 2 theaters. Its a lovely town with great restaurants so the opportunity to go and spend 3-4 days and see a bunch of plays should not be missed. We go every year. Only a 5 hours drive from SF.
This year's King Lear, Two Trains Running and My Fair Lady were all great.

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Roseville, California
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“opening night of King Lear.”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Great play set in modern times, in the intimate Thomas Theater. Excellent, as all OSF plays are. That close to the actors, one can really feel the emotion.

Visited February 2013
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“A theater lovers MUST see”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

If you are a fan of theater than you MUST get to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Really, you MUST. The adaptations of famous plays never leave you wanting. Their performances of Shakespeare plans always leave me dreamy. I just love, love, love going here. That they now offer year-round productions is such a great thing; since back when I first attended it was only in the Spring and Summer (maybe Fall too - but I was a teenager and not paying that close attention). Now, though...you can enjoy it all year long so you just MUST.

Visited August 2012
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Grants Pass, Oregon
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“the best shows on the West Coast”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Ashland gets visitors from all over the world and it is well worth it. every production we have seen has been perfectly executed, the costumes stunning and the actors right on.

Visited February 2013
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