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American Shakespeare Center
Ranked #1 of 38 things to do in Staunton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theatre. "Stunning", says Frommer's. Located in historic downtown Staunton, VA, this 300-seat Renaissance theatre offers productions of Shakespeare and classic plays year round that the Washington Post says are "shamelessly entertaining" and the Boston Globe says are "phenomenal...bursting with energy”.
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

My wife and I LOVE the ASC. We have been multiple times and never been disappointed. Before the show the players entertain with songs and music while conversations flow freely.
To see the actors and the Blackfriar's Playhouse, which is an exact replication of Shakespeare's Globe theater, is an experience everyone should partake in at least once.

Thank Robert S
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

The Blackfriars Playhouse of the American Shakespeare Center is simply amazing-- both for its physical nature and for the quality of the performances taking place on that thrust stage all year.

The resident company is extremely versatile, and they're absolutely engaging both in their roles and as musicians.

I have seen every production since the fall of 2012 and have to say unequivocally that there was not a single one I would not see a second time. Simply the best Shakespeares I have ever seen-- and I've seen them at Yale Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf, the Old Globe, and in NYC.

Staunton, VA tops them all. You simply must make a point of seeing at least one play at the ASC!

1  Thank Mari B
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

This beautiful building is a near-replica of the historic Blackfriars Theatre in London--Shakespeare's other theater, the indoor one. The performances are all top-notch, lots of laughs and easy to understand. A great experience. Kids love it, too.

1  Thank Joe S
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

In this exceptional venue, you may very well become a player as the actors interact with audience members, a number of whom are seated on the stage. Depending upon the play that you attend, you may be the subject of a jester's barbs or closer to a swordfight than you ever imagined. Before the play begins, actors mingle with the audience and some play music, sing, or perform comedy routines. This is a worthwhile theater experience in a wonderful small Virginia town. Stay a night or two and enjoy a true small town experience, wonderful restaurants, and world class acting in a traditional setting.

1  Thank george_shepard
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Can't believe how much I laughed at this fantastic performance of one of Shakespeare's funniest comedies. Bravo!

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