Goldstar Member’s Event Journal

Shakesvines 070313
Thursday July 25, 2013 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Henry IV
4 tickets
General Admission

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The setting is lovely but the venue is not what I expected. I had hoped for something more like dinner theater, where we sat at tables and sipped on wine and panini while watching intimate theater. Instead we had three round tables in front reserved for people who paid a higher price and plastic chairs In the back for people who paid the Goldstar/lower price. The play (Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2) is L-O-N-G (started promptly at 7:30, two 10-minute intermissions and over around 11) with some bright moments but many others that seem more like mumbles. Unless you know the story it is difficult to follow, and the actors have plenty of competition from traffic, passing airplanes and a rather noisy compressor at the winery. Only a few of the actors (Falstaff, the two Harrys, Kate and the tavern owner) know how to project their voices, so much of the dialogue was hard to hear....That's a big problem with the Bard, who is already difficult for modern audiences to follow. As for the wine....expect to pay dearly for uninteresting vino. I tried to get an idea about the cost online but the details were missing. A bottle of their passable Syrah was $36, and a half glass of a very strange pinot grigio (tasted very oaky...more like a Sauvignon blanc?) was $10. One bright spot--the large panini sandwiches by Panini's on Wheels were filling and very good, with lots of choices, $12 for a grilled vegetable and $13 for the ones with meat. They come with pepperocinni (which I can't spell...sorry). Chips are a few bucks extra. We paid a total of $64 (Including tax) for four sandwiches and three bags of chips. Final advice...get there early for best seats. We arrived about 6:45 for a 7:30 show and all the front seats were taken. In Fairness, visibility was good even from the back but it was harder to hear. All in all, it was an OK experience, but I won't go back. A shorter, livelier play would be a better choice, especially for people sitting on those uncomfortable plastic seats, drinking overpriced, mediocre wine.