Variety, high quality abound at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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by JUDY RICHTER

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Staging nine plays in three theaters, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland is in full swing. Four plays are on the boards in the Angus Bowmer Theatre, two in the Thomas Theatre and three in the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre. With so many choices, it’s possible to see two plays a day.

It’s also possible to see the same actor in different roles, a testament to the talents of the acting company. Also evident are outstanding design elements like sets, costumes, lighting and sound. It appears that OSF is trying to appeal to the younger set with music and dance. It also is continuing its commitment to diversity with color- and gender-blind casting and is employing actors with disabilities.

By the time of the final bows on Oct. 29, the festival will have staged 11 plays, starting with the two indoor theaters in mid-February. Here’s a rundown on six recently seen plays.