Oregon Shakespeare Festival!

22 Feb

This weekend I spent my time in Ashland, Oregon, for the preview of the 2010 season. I know, I am so special. Anyway, the funny bit is that it’s called the Shakespeare festival and we didn’t even see a Shakespeare play. The only one that opened over the weekend was Hamlet, and both me and my mom were like PASS (we both prefer the comedies). Besides, when we got into town I overheard some lady telling some other lady that there was RAPPING in SHAKESPEARE’S HAMLET. In that moment I knew we made the right decision.

On Saturday we saw Tennessee William’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and I thought it was really good. I am a Williams fan though; A Streetcar Named Desire is one of my favorite plays/movies ever (if you haven’t seen the 1951 film version you should watch it right now because MARLON BRANDO TAKES HIS SHIRT OFF IN IT and it is amazing). The acting in Cat overall was really good, except I didn’t really care for the way the Stephanie Beatriz portrayed Maggie. It was a little too highschool girly when the part should have been played with a more mature feminine fury.

But to make up for that, Big Daddy was played by Michael Winters, aka Taylor from Gilmore Girls:

And Big Mama was played by Catherine E. Coulson, otherwise known as The Log Lady from Twin Peaks!!!!!!!!

"My log has a secret to tell you."

Seeing The Log Lady is probably the coolest thing that has ever happened to me.

On Sunday we saw a stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, which wasn’t so great, though it does have a lot to live up to. The novel just didn’t translate very well onto the stage since there are so many locations and characters. I felt like there was too much shuffling about. Not to mention Darcy was very disappointing. Again, big shoes to fill, but he just didn’t even seem like an actor. It was like he was saying words he had memorized, but without understanding what the words meant. Oh well, the squealing teens behind me enjoyed it, so I guess job well done?

If anyone lives near Oregon they should definitely check out the festival because it is always great and the town of Ashland is adorable. Also, if you go during the summer you can see plays in the outside theatre which looks very Shakespearean:

OSF website

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