Posts Tagged ‘Elisabeth Theatre’

Love “Head Over Heels” a new musical

August 5th, 2015 by Julie

Detail_2015_HOH_746x420 Oregon Shakespeare Festival ” Head Over Heels”
On a hot evening last week Jean-Pierre and I joined more than 1000 other excited playgoers to see  ” Head Over Heels” at the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
This is a world premier play taken from a 16th century poem “Arcadia” by Sir Phillip Sidney.  Adapted for the stage by Jeff Whitty, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar with music and lyrics by the Go Go’s.
This seems like a very unlikely mashup of a 1580’s poem and music from the 1980’s group The Go Go’s….. yes it seems strange but it really works.
 
Before the play really starts the marvelous and wildly funny John Tufts as ” The Fool” Philanax comes onto the stage, he engages with us the audience, checking the script and telling us all about the mythical world of Arcadia, and of the wonderful characters we are about to see, then the story begins!
The Elizabethan poem by Sir Phillip is about romance and the meaning of love in all forms,
and so is this play,  settle into your seat and enjoy the ride.
 The King of Arcadia Basillius ( Michael Sharon)and his Queen Gynecia ( the always amazing Mirium Laube)  love each other but have fallen temporarily out of love. Their eldest daughter Pamela ( Bonnie Mulligan)has many suitors but loves none, their younger daughter played by Tala Ashe and the local Shepard boy played by Dylan Paul as Philoclea and Musidorus are an absolutely adorable couple very much in love but unable to be together.
As the play goes on the story gets more and more complicated and brilliantly silly with mistaken identities, lots of romantic surprises and wildly funny non stop jokes that will have you constantly laughing.
The fabulous songs from the Go Go’s and the story intertwine beautifully together with gorgeous costumes, a terrific live orchestra and an exuberant cast belting out the wonderfully familiar foot tapping songs.
It’s an over the top non stop party and well worth the trip to Ashland just to see this play.

Richard 111 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

September 19th, 2014 by Julie

Richard 111

 

Richard 111 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon is a triumph.

The play is takes place during the 30 year long War of the Roses between the houses of York and Lancaster. It is a story of the lust for power, and how Richard spirals into corruption, hatred, revenge and evil.

So says Richard, with Shakespeare famous words ” Now is the winter of our discontent”. Nearly every character in the play longs for a better future, after a long period of upheaval and discontentment.

Richard’s lust for power leads him to murder and to destroy peoples live. He becomes so despicable, villainous and evil, in his quest to have no one left in the country to challenge him. But of course he will always have enemies and he finds it hard to trust anyone. Richard is constantly haunted by the ghosts of those he has had killed.

Director James Bundy and his brilliant cast have the audience captivated from the start of the play until the end. Dan Donohue as Richard 111 steals  the show with a masterfully outstanding performance. You love to hate him, but you also can have some sympathy for him as he struggles with his deformities and descends into ruthless brutality.

Shakespeare’s masterpiece will shock and delight at the same time, with Richard as the most astonishingly entertaining character to take center stage.

Jean-Pierre and I were intrigued by Shakespeare’s artistry, seeing the play under the stars is wonderful. We talked about it for days afterwards.

This is a must see, but  there is not too much time left before the Elizabethan Stage closes and Richard 111 will be no more.

Get thee to the box office now…

For Tickets…..Oregon Shakespeare Box Office

Ashland Oregon is one of the ten “Best small towns” in America

June 16th, 2014 by Julie

ElizabethanHenryVIII_09_smaller OSFAshland Oregon has always been special, now it’s official according to Fodor’s annual list of the best of the best ” Best Ten Small Towns”.

CNN reports that some of the best towns in the US are the small towns.   Arabella Bowen, executive editorial director of Fodor’s Travel reports  “There has been a big uprise in traveling to smaller towns that have some quirky and regional appeal”

Ashland has much to offer visitors, it’s the home to the Tony Award Winning and world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival”  with it’s three iconic and beloved Theatres  all in the center of downtown Ashland.  Coming to visit  Ashland  is an Event!!

There are many other things to do in and around Ashland… Oregon Cabaret Theatre , the Green Show, many boutique local wineries, art galleries, River rafting, birding, quaint and unique shops in downtown Ashland, fabulous world class restaurants, and the beautiful Lithia Park listed on ” The National Register of Historical Places” which has more than 90 acres of pristine trails for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.

ashland oreegon townAshland has some of the best small Inns and Bed and Breakfasts in Oregon and the country.

Jean-Pierre and Julie at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast  a unique and historic beautifully restored farm house built in 1855.  We at the Blue Moon endeavor to give our guests a very warm welcome,  a concierge experience with a personal touch and a sumptuous three course gourmet breakfast every morning.

The Heart of Robin Hood at the OSF in Ashland

September 11th, 2013 by Julie

robin hood

                     A new play by David Farr

 This is a delightful retelling of the classic story of Robin Hood; it is full of slapstick humor, swashbuckling and bawdy jokes.   Robin Hood is played by an athletic John Tufts.

But all is not well in Nottingham, the dastardly evil Prince John has come to double the taxes on the poor and marry a reluctant Marion.

To get away from Prince John the determined and impetuous Marion played by Kate Hurster accompanied by her trusty jester protector Pierre, decides to dress as a boy and call herself Martin  of Sherwood and join the bandit Robin Hood and his merry men.

What follows is a funny and fast paced romp of good against evil, and of course in all fairy tales good eventually wins.

Get thee to the OSF’s box office to capture your tickets.

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