Shira and I went to the Oregon Shakesepeare Festival last weekend. I think this is around the 10th year we’ve gone. We saw King Lear, Cymbeline, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream , My Fair Lady, and The Heart of Robin Hood.
We had seen OSF productions of three of the Shakespeare plays before; the only one we hadn’t was Cymbeline, which turned out to be our favorite of the four. The production of Midsummer that we there several years ago (featuring gay disco dancers as the fairies) was so outstanding that I’m afraid we’ll probably be underwhelmed by any future productions.
My favorite play overall was My Fair Lady, which was just fantastic. It’s fun to see actors that we’re familiar with from dozens of Shakespeare performances singing and dancing in a more modern piece. Shira and I are in disagreement about the ending; I contend that in this particular production, Professor Higgins and Eliza Doolittle do not wind up romantically involved.
Next year’s lineup includes Richard III, which is another one that they’ve done such an amazing job on in the past that it’s hard to imagine another one measuring up. There’s also a World Premier of A Wrinkle in Time, which was one of my favorite books in grade school. Can’t wait!