Posts Tagged ‘Theatre’

The Tenth Muse a new play at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

October 21st, 2013 by Julie

tenth museOSF commissioned the play by the rising Mexican playwrite Tanya Saracho.

The action starts with three young women arriving at the convent of San Jeronimo in Mexico on the same day.They are shown to a basement storeroom by the nuns where they will stay.The girls explore the storeroom and soon come upon a locked cupboard containing a treasure trove of writings, there are many plays and poems, unfortunately Jesusa is only one of the girls who can read, she reads the plays and poems to the other two girls, Tomasita a (shy Nuhua Indian) and Manuela a (noble woman who is pregnant and sent to the convent by her family). Under the direction of Jesua the girls act out the plays and delight in the poems.

They learn that these are the writings of a famous intellectual nun that died 20 years before in the convent, her writings were banned by the church.

It will all end badly when the Mother Superior finds out what they are doing. In a time when women could not voice their opinions or have the right to be educated.  These three young women fight for their rights from the church and society.

The Liquid Plain at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

September 18th, 2013 by Julie

          A world premiere play by Naomi Wallace at the Thomas Theatre.

The story begins with Adjua and Dembi, two runaway slaves eking out a living on the docks in Bristol  Rhode Island in the late 18th century. The pair pull a dead body out of the water and proceed to rob him of everything he has, including his clothes.

The mysterious man is not dead, when he revives he has no idea who he is, but when he slowly starts remembering,  Adjua and Dembi realize that he is part of there past and also will be part of there future.

As the play moves on we find out more about Adjua and Dembi and why they are waiting for a privateer to provide them with passage back to Africa.

The Liquid Plain does not give the audience any real closure, there are many unanswered questions.

The play is a horrifically vivid history lesson of the New England slave trade with all it’s brutality and desperate characters.

My Fair Lady at OSF in Ashland Oregon

March 27th, 2013 by Julie

Lady_Now_Playing_746x420George Bernard Shaw’s play  “Pygmalion”  comes to life in Oregon Shakespeare Festivals ” My Fair Lady”.

I have always loved this story of  a working class girl Eliza Doolittle who meets an upper class Professor  Henry Higgins outside a Theatre where she is selling flowers. With the help of the  wonderful music of Lerner and Loewe we are transported to early 1900′s London.

In this production there are all of  the songs that we love and are familiar with.  Rachael Warren as Eliza has a beautiful voice  and Jonathan Haugen as Henry Higgins has great comic timing and a much better voice than Rex Harrison in the film version. I especially loved Ken Robinson as Freddy Eynsford-Hill he was a real hoot.

The musical is a sheer delight, it had me hooked at the very beginning. I came out of the Theatre singing ” I could have danced all night ” and as the next line of the song goes I would have begged for more. Three hours was not enough for me I did wish for more.

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