Let Shakespeare Explain Why You Should Check Out Masque Alfresco in Lake Oswego This Weekend

Masque Alfresco, known for its accessible brand of commedia dell’arte theatre is in the middle of its nine show Lake Oswego run of Goldoni’s  Superior Casa Nova on the lawn near the Iron Furnace at George Rogers Park. Remaining performances are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on July 27-29 and August 3-5. The actors then move to Bagley Park in Hillsboro (August 10-12) and Beaverton Library Lawn (August 18, 19, 25 and 26).

Haven’t caught their act yet? Let Goldoni’s English counterpart, Shakespeare, convince you to go in the way only his words could.

“The play’s the thing.”  Plays were Shakespeare’s bread and butter so of course he’d think you should attend, even if he isn’t the playwright behind Masque Alfresco’s current production and even though the actors throw in a few commedia dell’arte trademarks you might not find in a typical Shakespearean production like slapstick beatings, hat juggling and political jokes.

 “O, had I but followed the arts!” The bard would caution you from sharing Sir Andrew’s regrets in Twelfth Night. Andrew laments that he spent too much time bear-baiting, fencing and dancing instead of following the arts. Learn from his mistakes—get thee to a play!

“But, for my own part, it was Greek to me.” Anyone who has ever attended a Shakespearean play might have felt the way Casca did in Julius Caesar. But luckily for you, Masque Alfresco adapts the language of their plays to modern audiences complete with contemporary references to keep them fresh, funny, and entertaining.

“The course of true love never did run smooth.” Not to be a spoiler here, but let’s just say that Zoletto, the doting husband in La Casa Nova, learns Shakespeare’s lesson the hard (and hilarious) way.

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in ‘t.” The same could be said for Masque Alfresco. They describe their play as a“zany” production complete with outrageous characters and “all the slapstick you’d care to shake a schtick at.”

“I bear a charmed life.” While these were Macbeth’s words, I have a feeling that after you set out your blanket while taking in the sights and sounds of Masque Alfresco on the George Rogers Park lawn overlooking the Willamette River, you’ll be thinking the same thing.

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I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at costellok@hasson.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right hand column. I would love to show you around.
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One Response to Let Shakespeare Explain Why You Should Check Out Masque Alfresco in Lake Oswego This Weekend

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