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“A splendid evening spent!”

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

We did not know what to expect when our friends suggested we go to the
Shakesperian Festival in August 2013. Boy were we delightfully surprised!
Dinner and a fantastically acted play under the stars!
A reminder: remember where you park your car because when you leave after dark everything does not look the same!

2  Thank MaSleeper
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

incredible setting, great actors - this is high quality and an extremely fun night that even Men like! If you think you don't like Shakespeare, you have never seen it done like this so you understand everything going on.

1  Thank Ginny J
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

this event is well worth a try. bring a picnic basket with dinner, your favorite wine and some things to share. Meet new friends, bring old friends, a great social time, then you get an amazing show too. They have really good food on site for purchase if you don't want to bring your own and a full bar! Such an amazing venue - overlooking the Lake while watching a show and the moon rising...

Thank DianeMLakeTahoe
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

Plain and simply a fun evening of theater at one of the worlds most spectacular lakes. Can get a bit crowded but you cannot help but have a relaxing and fun time will being entertained. Remember to bring warm clothes for it starts out warm but a the sun goes down it can get chilly

Thank Edward S
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

I was fortunate enough to get to see the last performance of the 2013 season and thought it would be good to provide a practical review with some hopefully useful information for folks considering attending in 2014 or beyond.

There isn’t much sense talking too much about the actual performance of the play, since what we saw in 2013 won’t be the same in 2014, but many of the other reviewers summed up my same experience really well (really well done, top notch actors, the actual play was a little too frantic or slapstick but at the same time the troupe made the dense Shakespeare language accessible to the common 21st century audience). My English major significant other said seeing Shakespeare acted out on the stage was way different (and better) than simply reading it in a classroom or in a book.

The first thing I noticed about the location was that the state park venue is probably at least 5 miles beyond the boundary of Incline Village so if you’re coming from the California side of Lake Tahoe, don’t give up hope if all the village buildings disappear and you get back onto the curving lakeside road again.

The doors officially open at 5:30 p.m. and the actual performance starts at 7:30 p.m., giving a full two hours to enjoy dinner or a picnic before the show (and we got out of the park at around 10:30 p.m.). The menu (and prices) for the onsite catering company is posted in the “your visit” section of the website, so you can get an idea of what’s available there before you show up. There are picnic tables near the food stalls, and if you’ve paid the extra dough for the “premium” seats, you can also have drinks and food items brought out to your seat by the waiters and servers who work the front rows. Those waiters came by at least 3 or 4 times in the hour we were sitting in the premium seats before the show started. If you do plan on having dinner at the venue, try to give yourself between 30 minutes and an hour prior to the show. Any more time than that and you might need a deck of cards (like the folks in the row in front of us) or some board game to play or some fun conversation partners.

Parking in the park wasn’t a problem for me. The director came up on stage before the start of the show and implored the audience to not be rude by leaving the theater in the closing minutes of the play. It did take about 10-15 minutes to slowly file out of the lot but I was very glad to get to see the closing minutes of the play. The lake-side park’s parking lot is not lit up after dark, so it may be a smart idea to bring along a small flashlight to light your way to your car. And yes, the temperature is likely to swing pretty dramatically especially after the sun goes down, so be prepared for that.

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