Friday, Jun 23, 2017

Posts Tagged ‘OSF 2008’

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (2008)

Some very talented actors clearly invested a lot of themselves in this year’s production of “Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.” Unfortunately, they did so in service to a bizarre production that managed to be both boring and gaudy, confusing yet otherwise unaffecting. Just a teeny bit of relevant editor’s background here: my reading tastes run to fantasy and science fiction and my theatrical tastes, while not fully formed yet, have been broad enough to enjoy “odd” productions like “Lorca in a Green Dress.” I bring this up only to say that it wasn’t impossible for me to enjoy this production; I just didn’t.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2008)

If you’ve already seen one or six productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and you’re thinking that you can skip this year’s production at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival… wrong wrong-y wrong wrong. Assuming you can still get tickets, buy two: one to see the show, and one to sacrifice to Dionysus as an apology. There is so much good about this production that I have to start the kudos with Mark Rucker, a new director to the Festival. He is absolutely fearless in the chances he takes, embracing them rapturously rather than mincing them for fear of rejection.


Othello (2008)

This year our trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival began with Othello. My experience with the play only goes so far as a reading and a movie, so I was excited to have a company I’m fond of introduce me to the work.

Well.


Our Town (2008)

Our Town is the first 20th century play to be produced on the Elizabethan Stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Given this year’s production, I’d say it’s a safe bet to expect more. This well-acted production takes no “chances” with the source material, Thornton Wilder’s 1930’s play, and contents itself with giving us the play as it was intended.