Ashland was beautiful this past week, and the plays I wrote about were from outstanding to unusual. Here is my take on the six we saw.
The Comedy of Errors A+/You've never seen one like this.
A View from the Bridge A+/Gripping from the opening to the final scene.
Coriolanus A+/Beautifully staged in the round.
Our Town A/The first production of a 20th century play on OSF's Elizabethan stage.
The Clay Cart A- for spectacle and acting. B- for plot and forced farce.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner A+ for acting and staging. C for a plot stretched thin.
If you have time in your schedule try to get to the first three.
While you're in Ashland check out the wonderful exhibit at the Schneider Museum of Art. It ends September 13, so you'll have to hurry.
James Lavadour: The Properties of Paint & Selections from Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts
James Lavadour (b. 1951) is of Walla Walla heritage and is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He lives and works at his home and studio on the reservation, and is the founder of the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts.
After you've been to the Schneider, walk to the Hannon Library to see the the 28-foot ceramic mosaic "Resonance and Dispersion" installed in 2005.
Also in the libary are three tryptiches by James Lavadour, one above the fireplace on each floor.