The recent little hiatus was caused by a trip to Ashland, Oregon, to visit the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and indulge in wanton, unfettered playgoing. Three days in Ashland, and we saw 6 plays.
- Coriolanus, Wm. Shakespeare – Wow. This Shakespeare fellow had a serious clue. First time I’ve seen this play. Outstanding play, outstanding production. Wonderful.
- Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter, Julie Marie Myatt – having heard mixed reviews we were eager to see this world premier. Great play, and a wonderful evocative production.
- The Clay Cart, Sudakra – Very nice but I suspect I missed a lot due to the cultural impedance mismatch
- The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, Jeff Whitty – Funny, in almost exactly the way Ibsen isn’t. Clever, over the top, but with a surprising amount of actual substance underneath the comedy. How can you not like a play that starts with the main character killing herself by shooting herself in the head? (Whitty is the guy who gave us Avenue Q)
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wm. Shakespeare – Long one of my favorites, I liked this OSF production. Everyone’s seen it over and over and the challenge is to make it fresh for those folks in the audience. This production had the audience in hysterics with the first three words, not an easy feat.
- Fences, August Wilson – a fabulous production of a truly great play. This was the first time I saw it, and it may displace Jitney as my favorite of Wilson’s plays.
In addition to the six plays, we got a lot of good food, drank a lot of good wine, and had a wonderful time. The only downside was that the weather was just wicked hot.
I feel recharged.