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“Go here and have fun with Shakespeare - and Prince”

American Shakespeare Center
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Staunton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theatre. "Stunning", says Frommer's. Located in historic downtown Staunton, VA, this 300-seat Renaissance theatre offers productions of Shakespeare and classic plays year round that the Washington Post says are "shamelessly entertaining" and the Boston Globe says are "phenomenal...bursting with energy”.
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Great time in old England - a bawdy farce put on by the actors themselves called the Country Wife - Fake eunuchs and cuckolds and "ladies of honor" - fine fun indeed!

The stage is build to resemble the original Blackfriars established by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, with audience around (and on) the stage. Take advantage when the "gallant" stools are offered and become a part of the action.

This presentation was interspersed with modern music, including Prince. Well woven and hooray!

Thank Beachdancer104
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Reviewed February 12, 2013 via mobile

I had a very lovely evening here with my husband. I am not the artsy type but this place has got great actors/actresses and was very entertaining. A bit on the pricey side but nice for a special evening out!

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Hard to add much to the uniformly enthusiastic reviews already here.

If you are anywhere near Staunton or passing by or could come or pass by, you don't want to miss the American Shakespeare Center (which we locals still call by the name of the theater, the Blackfriars). On our last visit there were 10 in our party of all ages and from diverse backgrounds and everyone was thrilled with the producton of "Julius Caesar" that we saw.
It is worth coming 30 minutes before the curtain for the "pregame" show which usually includes an hilarious monologue and some inspired singing and playing (the latter reappears during intermission).

The box office staff is great, and never fails to give good advice on seating and pricing (and you save a few bucks buying in person).

One note of caution: as the Blackfriars gets better and better known, it can be hard to get good tickets on short notice. The best seats are in the center section of the main floor, although the seaing along the sides is good, too. Balcony seating is good, except for the back row along the sides, where some of the action is not visible. If you really want to get into it, there are seats right on stage that they usually offer to those seated in the audience. If you sit there, be prepared to get pulled into the action of the play as the occasion presents itself to the actors.

Parking in a nearby parking garage, a city lot, and on the street, all within a block.

Thank ValleyGuy71
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

The theatre itself is worth seeing. Plays good, although occasinally a bit uneven. Good sight lines from most seats and good acoustics. see Shakespeare played as he meant it to be!

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

I heard about the Actor's Renaissance Season on the radio. As I understand it, they put on multiple plays with only days prep and no director. We saw Julius Caesar and it was fabulous. Especially loved the musical interludes and audience engagement.

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