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“England in Texas”
Review of The Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre
Ranked #4 of 20 things to do in Odessa
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Owner description: Odessa is recognized as the center of oil exploration and production in Texas, but the city has a number of attractions that have nothing to do with oil and gas. Of particular interest are the replicas of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and Anne Hathaway's Cottage on the campus of Odessa College.Built in the 1960's, The Globe Theatre is a non-profit organization presenting classical and modern plays using an Elizabethan stage. Bringing a bit of British flair to the West Texas landscape, this replica of the original Globe Theatre, the home of William Shakespeare's acting company in England, is enhanced by its surrounding Writer's Garden and a replica of Shakespear's wife, Anne Hathaway's Cottage. The 410-seat octagonal theatre was the brain child of a local teacher and Shakespearean scholar, Mrs. Marjorie Morris, who wanted a proper showcase in which to showcase the Bard's plays. The Globe hosts community theatre performances, a monthly music show, as well as other great community acivities.
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Yes it's been a while since I've been to this theatre but even with that it is a fun place to visit! They recreated the globe theatre like the one in England only to a smaller scale and has a roof instead of out side. I have been to see many performances there over the 27 years I've been here in Odessa. It is built in almost a round with several different areas for actors to enter and exit from while bringing them close to the audience!
Years ago I performed in several shows there, mostly musicals. It was always a fun place to be as an actor or singer. It is a small stage but that is also one of the endearing things about it. For those new to the area, the Globe is one of 5-6 live theaters in the Permian Basin and the actor, singers, dancers are all volunteers! So yes there maybe some f the actors that are rough around the edges but there is so much talent in this area! We are not like the big theaters in other parts of the USA but given that we are doing it for free its pretty good entertainment!
Back to the Globe of the Southwest, they have times when they do a Shakespearian play or two. They also have an opera that the musical majors at Odessa College do once a year that is usually wonderful. So for not a lot of money, you can treat yourself to a live performance and support one of the local community theaters.

1  Thank Edna K
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Reviewed 2 December 2013 via mobile

Well I've only recently even seen this hidden gem..I find it very comfortable and not at all pretentious. No rich snobs here just felt right at home when watching a great play.................................

1  Thank Ivan S
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Every community theater has their schedule of performances that they produce each year or season. The Globe Theatre has had exceptional performances in the past because they have strived for quality. At this time of late Spring, I would suggest contacting the theatre staff or check their website for performances.
The Globe Theater is worth driving to the Odessa College campus and finding the facility along the South side of the campus. Along with the Anne Hathaway Cottage and gardens, the enclosed complex is a joy to view. The cast iron entry gates control access to the grounds so plan ahead and contact the staff to gain access for a self or guided tour if possible. I think you would be disappointed if you miss the opportunity to view this one of a kind facility while in Odessa. (And, I hope that you can catch a performance)

1  Thank Larry J
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

Fun, nice place to be entertained. They hosted benefit for the theatre, excellent food, drinks, entertainment!

1  Thank wannadoaroadtrip
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

I have attended a handful of performances here over the past decade, and each one was well produced and thoroughly enjoyable. We were a little sad to find the garden labyrinth missing the last time we visited. There is a replica of the Anne Hathaway cottage on site, and the theatre itself is quite nice. Most attendees come in business or business casual attire, but you'd be comfortable in jeans as well.

1  Thank Renee G
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