Rain Does Not Dampen 

Reviewer’s Praise

Writing in The Wednesday Journal of Oak Park-River Forest, Doug Deuchler says that he “Can’t wait to see the second half” of Twelfth Night. (Link Here)

Citing that this production was the first in his 30 years of reviewing Festival Theatre opening to be rained out, Deuchler called the show (as much as the elements allowed) “fun and captivating.” He went on to praise it as “colorful and innovative, and intrepid.” The “lively” hour that Heaven allowed Deuchler was delighted with “lovely, lively…well-paced, music infused production” and praised the strong direction and acting as well as the 1960’s Beach Party setting. A full review will follow.

“And the rain, it raineth every day” Or night, it seems.

Previews and opening weekend for Twelfth Night were soggier than most. A capacity crowd for the opening saw much of the first act before rain, lightening, and thunder sent all scurrying. Sunday’s performance made it past intermission but only just.  There really IS a second act to this play and the company cannot wait to present it.

There is still time to be “The First Kid On Your Block”, or just about anywhere, to see this dizzy, delicious, slick and sly 1960’s setting of madcap mating Illyria style. The weekend forecast – and our weekend begins Thursday – so far is for cool and precipitation free evenings.  This is a great production for the entire family and kiddies 12 and under are FREE!

A Very Special Night

Join us at 7 PM, Friday, July 26 when we salute two stellar members of Oak Park River Forest High School Class of 2013. Oak Park Festival Theatre will bestow its first YOUNG ARTIST AWARD on Jake Shadrake and Scott Daniel for their extraordinary generosity in share remarkable musical talents with the community.  Jake, Scott and band-mate Ella Gill will present a brief concert before the 8 PM curtain.