Another great season at OSF. Have seen most of the plays. Merry Wives of Windsor was inspired. Loved the 80's music.
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Ashland's top quality theater offers varied entertainment that can be compared to Broadway and London.
Some may shy away when they hear "Shakespeare", but fear not. These plays are presented so creatively that perhaps a whole new world will open for you. Also, about half the plays are by other writers....with enchanting Beauty and the Beast, original Ride the Rails, captivating Odyssey and a baudy musical version ogf Merry Wives of Windsor are at the top of my list this season. Next season's schedule is out and has Oklahoma on the bill.
A few years ago I came to Ashland and was so taken with the arts scene that I bought a small apt.here and feel so fortunate to have OSF on my doorstep. You should add Ashland to your Bucket List. What a treat!
There has been new hardscaping on the Bricks, the area in front of the outdoor Allen Theatre and the indoor Bowmer Theatre. A small amphitheater has always been there, the focus of the Green Show (the entertainment before the theatrical performances). Now, however, attractive cement bench seating has been created in keeping with the amphitheater 'bowl' design.
Generally a real seating improvement, there is one drawback and that is a set of stairs to the side of the amphitheater has replaced the step-free walk way. This makes for limited access for anyone with mobility issues, and there are many theater goers who are older and using canes as well as some people in wheel chairs. The only step -free way to get from one level to the other now is to go around to the other side of the performance area, thereby significantly increasing foot traffic to and from the theatres on that side.
Being sharp observers of what works and what doesn't, I am sure that the Oregon Shakespeare Festival management will look at this issue and address it if it becomes increasingly problematical for access. The good thing is that now more people can sit while watching the Green Show.
The Elizabeth outdoor theater is lovely. Not a bad seat in the house. It makes for a beautiful night outside in the summer months. The concession stands have snacks, drinks, beer, and wine. Diverse group of attendees and plays. The theater is built on a hillside, next to OFS other three indoor theaters. The tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. The OFS is popular and it may be best to plan ahead of time.
Unless you are adventurous and don't mind off beat theater, stick with the Shakespeare plays. This is their bread and butter of course. Plays like The Odyssey ---- lousy. Saw it in the outdoor theater this summer and people next to me, and in front of me fell asleep. Funny though when the play was over they jumped right up and clapped. I think they were glad the play was over. Fantastic venue and the experience is fun in and of itself.