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“The Bard in modern garb” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Colorado Shakespeare Festival
Ranked #14 of 134 things to do in Boulder
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Owner description: The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company in association with the University of Colorado Boulder. Since 1958 the festival has celebrated and explored Shakespeare and his continuing influence and vitality through productions of superior artistic quality, education and community engagement. CSF strives to preserve the classics of the past and pursue the classics of the future. Fueled by artistry and scholarship, the festival seeks to expand the cultural richness of the region by inspiring, challenging, and cultivating the imagination of audiences and artists. Plays are performed beneath summer night skies in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and in the newly renovated indoor University Theatre.
Lafayette, Colorado
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“The Bard in modern garb”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

"A Midsummer's Night Dream" with irreverent actors and modern-day clothing. Delightful evening. Parking access was troublesome, but we made it in time.

Visited July 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Fun Show - Don't Park in Euclid Autopark”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed "A Midsummer's Night Dream". It was well acted and presented in a manner which is fun and accessible for all. The seatbacks are a much appreciated bonus. Plan your visit beforehand and allow enough time as signage to the theater isn’t great, and the Box Office is not in the same building. Never having been, it took us nearly 20 minutes to park, find the theater and pick up our tickets. DO NOT park in the Euclid auto ramp (unfortunately the most convenient ramp) as you may spend up to an hour waiting in line to exit after the show. My complaint to the parking management on this issue was not terribly productive so I wouldn’t anticipate any change.

Visited July 2013
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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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“Neither rain, nor snow, nor dark of night ...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

You don't have to be a Shakespeare scholar to enjoy the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. The outdoor productions seldom worry about snow, dark of night only makes the magic stronger, and these intrepid actors will soldier on even through a light rain. Indoor shows play in a smaller, more intimate theater and don't worry about weather. Indoors or outdoors, the quality of these productions is consistently wonderful. I live here and always see ALL of the productions -- some of them twice!

Visited July 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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“Shakespeare in the open air”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

There are few better ways to spend a Colorado summer evening than taking in a Shakespeare play in the Mary Rippon Theater on the CU Boulder campus. I attended a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream with a group of friends and we all loved it. While there were many good performances, I particularly enjoyed Taylor Fisher as Helena.

If you go to a performance with an early curtain, get seats in the center or right side to avoid having the sun in your eyes while it sets. The theater is small enough that even the seats on the sides or in the back offer a good view.

Visited July 2013
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Loveland, Colorado
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“Colorado Shakespeare Festival”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

I've been attending at least one show at the festival for the last 8 years or so and I cannot say enough things about this Festival. I have attended both the indoor and outdoor theatres and both are excellent. I now take several grandchildren as well. This year we attended "The Complete Works of Shakespeare" at the indoor theatre. Hilarity!! Evan, Ian, and Patrick kept it going at a pace that was mind-boggling. Whether you like the classic Shakespeare plays or any of the adaptations they offer each year, you will not be disappointed.

Visited July 2013
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