Guys and Dolls — a Review
Guys and Dolls is truly entertaining and very well done … this coming from someone who loves music and especially dance, but not particularly musical theater.
If you like musical theater, then you must go to see Guys and Dolls. Others who are musical theater lovers, such as, my friend Jim are loving the show.
The two lead women, Kate Hurster and Robin Goodrin Nordli, really sparkle and shine, nearly stealing the show. I also loved how Rodney Gardiner played Nathan Detroit. The dancing was excellent, perhaps the best choreography Oregon Shakespeare Festival has done yet (err, in a long time).
David Stabler’s review (see it here) provides another view, funnily enough reflecting much of what I think and feel.
2015 Ashland Farmers Market Opens
Always fun, the Ashland Farmers market, also called Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market, provides a wide selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables. As well as herbs, plants, soaps and crafts. Music and food booths add to the festive feel.
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory on 1420 E. Main Street
Siskiyou Center: Shakespeare, Women and Song
If you want an immersive program to learn more about Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s spring plays and meet those who actually make it happen, check out Siskiyou Center’s program April 19-24.
Theatre Instructor: Barzin Akhavan
Topics that will be covered:
- What’s the connection between Shakespeare and modern musical theater and how they overlap?
- Find out how a musical theater performer uses a score with language, not notes, to tell a story. Learn how an actor uses the musicality of Shakespeare’s words to make the language clear for the audience.
- Discover some of the unconventional female characters who are on stage at Oregon Shakespeare Festival this season, and how they contribute to the overall production.
- Delve into the world premiere production of the absorbing tale of Fingersmith, aptly described by Oregon Shakespeare Festival as “a wild ride of a Victorian crime thriller!”
Siskiyou Center Program includes pre- and post-show discussions with an Oregon Shakespeare Festival professional artist who will introduce characters and background information for each performance, and provide guest instructors to help you get the most out of your theater experience.
Click HERE to see a day-by-day schedule complete with class times, meals, and theater performances.
Program Fee Includes:
- Tickets to 3 performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
- Ticket to 1 performance at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre
- 13 lectures/discussions with theater professionals and Shakespeare scholars
- 13 meals (5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners—2 dinners “on your own”)
- Final dinner at a wonderful restaurant in Ashland
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actors and Designers Receive 2014 Falstaff Awards
Today PlayShakespeare.com announced the nominees and winners for their 2014 Falstaff Awards.
Around the world, the Falstaff Awards recognize extraordinary and notable achievements in the categories of Best Play, Best Director, Best Performance by a Male or Female Actor, among other performance and technical categories.
Not surprisingly, a number of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s actors and designers received the 2014 Falstaff Award, and more were nominated in various categories.
For Kate T. Vogt‘s comic and notable role as Launce in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, she was awarded Best Female Supporting Performance. Many were delighted in how she tried her best to upstage Crab ably played by Picasso, the now famous Great Pyrenees dog.
In the technical categories: Daniel Ostling won Best Scenic Design and Alexander V. Nichols, was the winner of Best Lighting Design, (both for their effective and elegant work on The Tempest) and U. Jonathan Toppo won in Best Choreography or Fight Direction (for Richard III, it’s safe to assume that the award was for fight direction not for dance).
For the complete list of Falstaff Award nominees and winners you may visit PlayShakespeare.com’s website.
The play ‘The Great Society’ a finalist for an Edward M. Kennedy Prize
‘The Great Society’ is a finalist for 2015 Edward M. Kennedy Prize in the drama inspired by American history category.
Every year, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize is given via Columbia University to a new play or musical. Excerpted from he Prize’s mission statement “…enlists theater’s power to explore the past of the United States, to participate meaningfully in the great issues of our day through the public conversation, grounded in historical understanding, that is essential to the functioning of a democracy.”
Few plays qualify more completely than Oregon Shakespeare Festival‘s “Great Society”
The Prize will be announced on or after February 22, 2015, the anniversary of Senator Kennedy’s birth. The winning play will receive an award of $100,000, and will be honored in a ceremony at Columbia later this spring.
Stay tuned, I get the feeling the “Great Society” will once again be in the news.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre does “It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play” Nov – Dec
Five actors, supported by clever sound effects and a piano present the classic holiday drama in a fresh and engaging way that makes us discover it anew.
As a New York Times review said: “Dear devoted fans of a certain 1946 Frank Capra holiday movie: Relax. This live radio play production has done absolutely no harm to the original. In fact, it has added another layer of nostalgia…it’s easy for the audience to get caught up in the fun of creating reality from imagination and obvious artifice.”
Step back in time to the golden age of radio and become the studio audience for this delightfully inventive re-telling of George Bailey’s heart-warming story.
November 21 – December 31
Previews November 19 & 20
Performances nightly @ 8:00 except:
Nov 24, 27; Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 24, 25
Saturday and Sunday Brunch matinees at 1:00
Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you’re looking for fun, talented and campy entertainment. Ashland’s only performing arts venue that has shows on Monday nights!
For more information visit their website
Austin Chronicle Interviews Bill Rauch
In two years, Robert Schenkkan’s play about Lyndon B. Johnson’s ascension to presidency in All the Way premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; it then moved to Broadway with Bryan Cranston starring; where it broke box-office records and won a slew of awards, including two Tonys; and was picked up by HBO for a film version. Now in 2014 the sequel, The Great Society, premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Both plays will be in rep in Seattle Rep in the fall/winter season of 2014/2015.
Klamath Bird Observatory Presents on October 15th, “Beautiful Birds, Beautiful Words”
Klamath Bird Observatory Board Member Shannon Rio combines bird photography with poetry, myth, and lore in this presentation that celebrates nature, literature, and our connection to words.
Details: Wednesday October 15th from 6:30-8:00pm, Ages 10-Adult, event is at North Mountain Park Nature Center, and cost is $10. Pre-register online at www.ashland.or.us/register or call the Nature Center at 541-488-6606.