Boulder City Magazine® August 2006 Issue
by Ihla Crowley
This month, let’s talk about a destination a little closer to home: Cedar City, Utah, where the Utah Shakespearean Festival has been playing each summer for 45 years. Just three hours away by car, but usually nearly 20 degrees cooler, it offers a pleasant respite from our sweltering summers.
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|I wholeheartedly recommend this outing. Six plays, ranging from dramatic to musical, are offered on the June 22 thru Sept 2 schedule three Shakespeare, and three non-Shakespeare. Spend three nights and see all the matinees and evening performances. A one night stay can accommodate half. You can even take in a matinee with a quickie one-day excursion.
The festival won a Tony Award for best regional theater, and many of the performers are Actor’s Equity members, so you will see professional productions. Some stage performances I have seen in both New York and London (at more than twice the ticket price), have not been of this caliber. And this festival includes literary seminars and orientations found nowhere else.
Often, one play seems to shine a little brighter than the rest. This season the buzz is about Hamlet, and I totally agree. No matter how many times you’ve seen this most-performed of Shakespeare’s repertoire, do not miss this stunning performance by local favorite, Brian Vaughn.
|There are many motels and bed and breakfasts from which to choose. My personal favorite, and closest to the festival, is Best Western El Rey Inn. It includes an excellent continental breakfast, and has rooms ranging from single, to family (or multi-couple) suites with 3 beds and covered patios ($69-129). 1-800-688-6518.
The restaurant situation in Cedar City is hit and miss, but two are worth recommending: Pastry Pub (informal, with fabulous salads and sandwiches), on Center Street, one block west of Main; and the Garden House (more formal fare), reservations suggested, 435-586-6110 allow at least two hours before show time. Both of these eateries are within walking distance of both the El Rey and the Festival.
For the complete schedule, ticket information, and accommodation choices, visit the festival’s website, www.bard.org. Visit me at www.driftersister.com
Catch the wind,
Taste the rain
And touch all of your tomorrows
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