July 17th, 2007

Egrets Reading

Summer Shakespeare

Utah Shakespeare Festival 2007

One of my summer traditions is to see outdoor Shakespeare. This summer I'm almost going overboard and have scheduled five plays, but what can I say? I love The Bard.

When I was in Utah, my daughter and I ventured off from the family group and went to Cedar City to see Coriolanus at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, a play I wrote a term paper on in college but have never seen performed. It was fantastic.

My only complaint was the fight choreography in the First Act - I've seen better at Loyola High School. However, I loved the actors who played Coriolanus, Volumnia, and Virgilia. And, the Second Act was fantastic. Even my daughter, who's a pretty tough critic when it comes to plays, gave it a thumbs up at the end.

On Thursday, Shakespeare by the Sea is coming to South Pasadena to perform Taming of the Shrew in Garfield Park (1000 Park Ave, South Pasadena). If you're in the area, stop by. It will be a good show. As always, Shakespeare by the Sea is totally free. Just bring a blanket or a lawn chair and a portable dinner.

My other summer 2007 Shakespeare plans include:

A Midsummer's Night Dream by Shakespeare LA at the South Coast Botanic Garden (It's playing at the Cathedral this week, the Botanic Garden next week). This is going to be a thematic Shakespeare production, set to "the sights and sounds of early Los Angeles jazz."

Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare Santa Cruz on my daughter's birthday weekend.

Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare By the Sea.