Theater: A look at Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s spring season

Published: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 - 6:37 pm

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival this spring is presenting these productions in its theaters in Ashland, Ore.

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The Cocoanuts

Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin; book by George S. Kaufman; adapted by Mark Bedard; Bowmer Theatre, through Nov. 2

This production directed by David Ivers features an all-new adaptation by Mark Bedard, who plays Groucho, and the restoration of 25 Irving Berlin songs in a score by musical director Gregg Coffin.

The Tempest

By William Shakespeare; Bowmer Theatre, through Nov. 2

Tony Taccone, Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s artistic director, gives OSF even more Northern California flavor as he returns to the festival to direct Shakespeare’s late-period classic. The last play exclusively attributed to Shakespeare, “The Tempest” turns on Prospero’s use of magic and ultimately his ability to forgive those who wronged him.

The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window

By Lorraine Hansberry; Bowmer Theatre, through July 3

This rarely done drama set in New York’s Greenwich Village in 1964 was only the second work by Hansberry staged during her short lifetime, the other being “A Raisin in the Sun.” The OSF version has been melded from several scripts that were previously published. The Hansberry estate gave permission for the creative license and is reportedly quite happy with the result.

The Comedy of Errors

By William Shakespeare; Thomas Theatre, through Nov. 2

Director Kent Gash gives a Harlem Renaissance setting to Shakespeare’s early Italian commedia dell’arte-influenced comedy about two sets of twins separated at birth.

OSF on Broadway

Robert Schenkkan’s “All the Way,” which premiered at OSF in 2012, opens March 6 in New York. The story of President Lyndon Johnson trying to pass the civil rights legislation features Emmy winner Bryan Cranston. Directed by OSF artistic director Bill Rauch, it is the first play originating at OSF to reach Broadway.

– Marcus Crowder, mcrowder@sacbee.com

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