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“Better Every Year!”

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 closer 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 at one of the event campus's two indoor or one outdoor spaces.
Reviewed March 12, 2013

We have been coming to Ashland for the Shakespeare Festival for the past 30 years, and it just keeps getting better. We still enjoy seeing the traditional Shakespeare plays, but also welcome the movement toward more modern plays, and we love the musicals! We make several trips a year, seeing 2-3 plays at a time, and usually end up seeing all the p lays by the end of the season. There are plays for everyone, and all ages.

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Reviewed March 11, 2013

The OSF offers you a chance to see some incredible reperatory theatre. If you only like Shakespeare done in traditional fashion, they will have at least one performance that honors the traditional view but if you are interested in seeing performances that bring these plays to life today, you can find that as well. They offer some contemporary plays as well and have brached out into producing one musical per year. This year's offering did not disappoint me. King Lear in the Thomas Theatre where the actors are so close you feel like you are there in the play with them, A brilliant adaptation of Taming of the Shrew and a wonderful performance of My Fair Lady which featured two pianos instead of an orchestra. The music was wonderful.

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Reviewed March 10, 2013

My family and I go to Ashland for a weekend getaway about twice per year. We always see at least three plays a visit, sometimes four. The plays very seldom disappoint.

Three Trains Running, though a little on the long side, is phenomenal. The plays slower spells allows the sublime all the more exquisite. Lear was nothing special in terms of costume and setting, but the acting was very strong. Even my wife and kids liked it--and they are hardly Shakespeare scholars! Yours truly wrote extensively on Lear in a dissertation a few decades back, and I was pretty well blown away by the performance.

Don't think too much about whether or not you should go--just go, and you'll be glad you did. There are tickets, hotels and eateries in all budgets.

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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!

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Reviewed March 1, 2013

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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