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“Upfront and Personal Theater”

Rubicon Theatre Company
Ranked #13 of 71 things to do in Ventura
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Rubicon Theatre Company is a non-profit regional theatre based in Ventura, California. True to the name and the vision of founders Karyl Lynn Burns and James O’Neil, the company is committed to providing a nurturing environment for artists where exploration and experimentation are encouraged and supported. Now in its 19th Season, Rubicon has earned a reputation for innovative, reinvigorated productions of classics; and for the development of new works. The company has presented more than 115 diverse mainstage productions to more than 420,000 audience members. Described by critics as “the rising star of the Southern California cultural scene” and the “best theatre between Los Angeles and San Francisco,” the company has won a New York Drama Desk Award (four nominations), the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for “Sustained Excellence,” 14 Ovation Awards, a NAACP Award, and multiple Indy, Garland and Robby Awards. Luminaries such as Susan Clark, Dana Delaney, Bonnie Franklin, Joel Grey, Gregory Harrison, Bill Irwin, Harold Gould, Larry Hagman, Stacy Keach, Michael Learned, Ted Neeley, Paul Provenza, Linda Purl, Joe Spano, Bruce Weitz, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. and Stephanie Zimbalist have graced the Rubicon stage. Jack Lemmon and John Ritter made their final stage appearances with Rubicon.
Ventura, CA
Level 6 Contributor
269 reviews
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“Upfront and Personal Theater”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

The Rubicon is a former church so the theater is small. This gives the audience, all of them, an excellent seat. The theater draws from local talent and from LA stars such as Bonnie Franklin, the Zimbalists, etc. You will see stage and TV actors you know along side very good professionals from the area. The plays vary from traditional to very avant garde. We have enjoyed musicals, Shakespeare to comedy. You really cannot go wrong. Parking is on the street and you may have to walk a few blocks. One men's room and one lady's room makes for long lines but everyone is friendly. Who knows you may end up in line with Martin Sheen! They usually have a few snacks and drinks at intermission. But you really go for the play. You are so close you have to be involved. When we saw Fiddler on The Roof and others, the actors were literally by our side. Wonderful.

Visited April 2014
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“Love This Theater”
Reviewed 25 April 2014

WOW! Can't believe it took us so long to learn about this theater. It is a charming building. The theater is maintained quite well. Seats are comfortable and there is not a bad seat in the house, however the balcony is not quite as good as the main floor. Parking is on the street, no meters in this area. For a reasonable ticket price, we sat third row center. Love, Loss and What I Wore had an incredible cast of ladies - very talented, lots of laughter. The play is IDENTIFIABLE to any woman of any age, and my man got it too! Stage management etc. all deserve kudos. What a wonderful find in Ventura. As I said, can't believe it took us so long to learn about this theater company. We will return in the future. It is such a nice drive from Thousand Oaks, and several good dining options pre or post performance. This is a comfortable, great place for theater lovers. Thank you to all involved in this delightful theater.

Visited April 2014
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Ojai, California
Level 6 Contributor
254 reviews
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“Intimate and Friendly Little Theatre”
Reviewed 8 March 2014

This is a great, small theatre that does not have a bad seat in the house. And no matter where you sit you are close to the action.

It appears the theatre was built in a renovate church. I don't believe it has more than 200 seats, which by-the-way are very comfortable. The theatre has a refreshment stand which is open prior to the performances and during intermission. All of the regular staff is very friendly and helpful. They have a very good website for ordering tickets and checking programs. I think all of the ushers are volunteers and some are more helpful than others.

Even though they tell you to be there 45 minutes prior to the performance for picking up tickets you should not go too early or you will wait for the box office to open.

Prices are extremely reasonable.

Visited February 2014
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Ventura, California
Level 5 Contributor
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“Not too bad for a provincial town”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

We saw Noises Off. It was done fairly well. I think that some or the actors were from LA. It was funny, but not amazing. Don't sit in the balcony; the view was quite obstructed and we missed some of the action.

Visited February 2014
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Ventura CA
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“Intimate Theatre”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

This small but cozy theater attracts great talent from southern California. The Christmas program "Little Miss Scrooge" was a fun way to begin the season.
There are no bad seats because of the size.

Visited December 2013
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