Finally, we can turn a page on the calender and welcome March and with it comes the hope of spring. It's that time of year when the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has opened their doors to another fabulous season of theater.
We recently saw the play, "The Taming of the Shrew" and we loved it! It's rare to find something unlikeable about any production of OSF. Sometimes a little detail here or there doesn't quite work for an audience member and occasionally a topic just doesn't jive with someone's moral compass, but isn't that what great theater is all about?! I think though, anyone would be hard-pressed to find fault with, "The Taming of the Shrew" and our guests are in agreement, it's just too much fun. Set in Padua, Italy, but with a twist as the stage setting is that of a beach boardwalk and you know what, it works! It's the classic story of a father who won't allow his beautiful young daughter, Bianca (Royer Bockus), to marry before her older sister, Kate (Nell Geisslinger), is married. What's a father to do? Hilarity ensues as Petruchio (Ted Deasy) weds Kate and then sets to taming her, while three suitors try to win the hand of Bianca. The acting is wonderful, the comedic timing is spot on and the music is upbeat. When the last word was spoken the audience was on their feet with a resounding standing ovation... an early indicator of a sure-fire hit for the season! Directed by David Ivers, the play has a running time of 2 hours - 15 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
What's that you say? Theater isn't your thing, or you'd like to visit Ashland for several days but you don't want to spend all of your time in a theater? Absolutely no worries! There is SO much to do and see in the beautiful Rogue Valley and we've taken the work out of planning your vacation. Visit our website's newly-revised activities page where we've done all of the planning for you. We've provided you with a list of planned day trip itineraries; everything from white water rafting to visiting Crater Lake National Park to wine, cheese and chocolate tasting. We have the best in dining and boutique shopping and we have the most beautiful 93-acre park, right here in Ashland, just a 10-minute walk from Abigails.
|Petruchio & Kate - The Taming of the Shrew. Photo credit: Oregon Shakespeare Festival|
So, pull out that calendar, put in your time-off request from work and/or your daily life and come to Ashland in 2013!