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There are lots of casual dining options on Lake St (one block S) in case you want to eat indoors before the show.
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It's a good idea to get early and score seats up front. We thought we did, but then a couple decided to sit down right in front of us in packable chairs!
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4.8 average rating
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7 reviews
1 stars
attended Aug 17 2012

A bit long but an awesome performance by all involved. It was a GREAT outdoor setting in a clean park with facilities. Didn't know that alcohol was allowed but I do now know for next time....

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3 reviews
1 stars
attended Aug 18 2012

A fantastic experience. Many Shakespearean productions have a sort of "museum piece" quality. This one was more like a contemporary play! Well acted, energetic, characters believable!

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57 reviews
31 stars
attended Aug 02 2012

This was a much better cast and overall performance of Richard III than the first time I saw this play performed (a couple of years ago at a different theater). Even non-Shakespeare fans will be able to follow the story and the words make sense...continued

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One of the consummate showmen in the Shakespearean canon, Richard III uses his intelligence and skills of deception and political manipulation to overthrow his older brother Edward for the throne of England. Richard III deftly navigates between humor, terror, eroticism, and courtly nobility in Shakespeare’s timeless tale of political ambition. Belinda Bremner directs after her highly praised production of Faith Healer last year. Kevin Theis stars as the title character and David Skvarla returns to the OPFT stage. Theis and Skvarla played the leads under Bremner’s direction in OPFT’s richly praised Of Mice and Men in summer 2010.

About the Ticket Supplier: Oak Park Festival Theatre

Oak Park Festival Theatre has been presenting Shakespeare and other classic plays under the stars in beautiful Austin gardens since 1975, making them the oldest outdoor professional theatre company in the Midwest devoted to the classics. As of Fall 2010, they also produce shows in fall and spring at The Performance Center on Madison Street in Oak Park. Oak Park Festival Theatre is dedicated to presenting quality productions at a reasonable price, in a relaxed atmosphere just a short distance away from the bustle of Chicago's loop. Join them for an enchanted evening of entertainment.