I am not kidding when I say YOU MUST GO SEE Shakespeare in Love!
Watching live theatre is just like going to see your favorite band at a live concert. While listening to your band on the radio is satisfying there is nothing like seeing them live. Seeing their facial expressions while they sing and interact with eachother and the crowd, takes the music to levels that just listening to them on the radio can't. They are much more relatable, playing off of the crowd, making you feel like you really are a part of things. This is how I feel about Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of Shakespeare in Love and actually every OSF play that we see. While I do enjoy the movie, OSF'sproduction was 1000 times more magnificent, splendiferous, absolutely awesome, and whatever other adjective you can think of.
When I told Gary we got tickets to Shakespeare in Love he didn't know what to expect. Sappy love story with lots of hithers and thy's that he couldn't understand? Once the play started he was hooked…from the beginning torture scene to the portrayal of Shakespeare and Viola's pure love he loved every moment. The whole crowd was cheering and booing and awwing. The romance had the women swooning and incited the men to recite prose to their lovers. The passion between William and Viola was so palpable, we could feel the heat coming off of the stage. When it finally came to the final scene of the Romeo and Juliet act, the silence was deafening, until the tears came. And when it ended there was an overwhelming round of applause.
With every Oregon Shakespeare Festival play I see, I lose a little of my lust for the big screen. Don't get me wrong I still watch movies on the big screen but they do not hold a candle to the live performances that we can take in on a daily basis here in southern Oregon. From live musical theater at the Cabaret, Craterian and Ross Ragland Theater to the dramatics we can take in at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Randall Theater, Barnstormer's and the list goes on. We wish we could afford to go to every performance, every year, but we can't, so we pick and choose and try to take advantage of every discounted offering of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Their website has all of the details but here is an overview of what they offer!
Family Days - Special $30 performances, accompanied with a FREE prologue.
Flex Pass - $175 for 5 tickets to specially selected shows
Web Specials - 30% discount on selected performances.
Student Rush Tickets - Special $15 tickets for youth under the age of 17 and college student audiences.
Rush Tickets - $45 tickets one hour before designated "rushing" shows.
AND for 2017, all C section shows ALL season are only $30
Don't forget to sign-up for their email list, they announce web specials, rush tickets and other information. Sigh-up here.
As you can see Oregon Shakespeare Festival makes sure that everyone has an opportunity take in a show, so take advantage of it and find a show for you!
For a full listing of theatres in Southern Oregon visit our Theatre Page here.