by Deanna Darr
To round out the Fourth of July weekend, I grabbed a couple of relatives and headed out to Idaho Shakespeare Festival to take in a Sunday evening performance of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors.
Wine and picnic dinner in hand, we sweated our way through the first hour and half of the high-energy performance. But if anything is worth sitting in the sun on a nearly 100-degree day for, it’s a comedy by the Bard. That, and the simple fact that I continue to be completely enamored with ISF’s stunning amphitheater.
I have seen Shakespeare performed across the country—I even took in a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company while in London—and I continue to be impressed by the quality of theater we have right at our High Desert doorsteps.
As typical, ISF’s production was amazing, with wonderful performances, inventive and effective sets and fantastic directing. Better yet, the crowd was in the mood for a laugh, and it’s hard not to get pulled into the slapstick world of a Shakespearean farce.
It’s easy to forget just how bawdy Shakespeare can be, but he wasn’t all witches, curses and dire ends. In fact, he was often downright dirty.
Few things are better than sitting under the summer night sky, a glass of wine in hand and taking in a little of ISF's season. I’ve already got plans to check out Charles Dickens' last work, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which opens on Friday, July 10.