Ashland Review

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Among the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s summer openings, the funniest by far is the world premiere of the musical, “Head Over Heels,” at the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
With a script by Jeff Whitty, author of the Tony-winning “Avenue Q,” and music and lyrics by the Go-Go’s, the wildly popular female band from the eighties, the much-anticipated show is hilarious, enticing and touching.

Photo by Jenny Graham, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

REVIEW OF MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

by Dorothy Velasco

March 31, 2015

There is much to enjoy in the production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Bowmer Theatre. There is just as much to criticize.

Photo by Jenny Graham, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

                     

REVIEW OF FINGERSMITH

by Dorothy Velasco

March 24, 2015

“Fingersmith,” the acclaimed Victorian crime novel by Sarah Waters, has been described as “Oliver Twist with a twist.”

In the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s new stage adaptation, we see more twisting than Chubby Checker ever dreamed of.

Photo by Jenny Graham, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

REVIEW OF GUYS AND DOLLS

by Dorothy Velasco

March 17, 2015

I’ve got a tip for all you fun-loving guys and dolls. Put your money on the musical, “Guys and Dolls,” now playing in the Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Photo by Jenny Graham, Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

REVIEW OF PERICLES

by Dorothy Velasco

March 10, 2015

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s spring season, in its 80th year, offers a lavish theatrical bounty. Perhaps the most surprising is the splendid production of Shakespeare’s “Pericles” in the Thomas Theatre.

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REVIEW OF THE GREAT SOCIETY

by Dorothy Velasco

for broadcast on KLCC, Aug. 12, 2014

The presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson is a topic Shakespeare would have seized upon. The tragic complexity of the man and the historical scope of the times would have been irresistible.

REVIEW OF FAMILY ALBUM

by Dorothy Velasco

for broadcast on KLCC, Aug. 5, 2014

“Family Album” is a new rock musical commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Written by the artist known as Stew and his partner Heidi Rodewald, and directed by Joanna Settle, the show features excellent performers, many of them from the New York music scene.

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REVIEW OF WATER BY THE SPOONFUL

by Dorothy Velasco

for broadcast on KLCC July 22, 2014

“Water by the Spoonful,” by Quiara Alegria Hudes, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Thomas Theatre, it’s an excellent choice for the intimate space.

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REVIEW OF INTO THE WOODS

by Dorothy Velasco

for broadcast on KLCC July 15, 2014

“Into the Woods,” now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Allen Elizabethan Theatre, is a Broadway-worthy spectacle. You may very well enjoy it as much as the ecstatic opening night audience.

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REVIEW OF A WRINKLE IN TIME

by Dorothy Velasco

for broadcast on KLCC July 8, 2014

“A Wrinkle in Time,” Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved book published in 1962, has been adapted for screen, stage and even opera. Now you can see a new adaptation at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Bowmer Theatre, and delight in the creativity of the stagecraft.

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