C. David Frankel: Yes, the stage has been getting better reviews than the plays.
Patrick Pizzolorusso: It's sad, right? A friend did see the R&J and loved it. But I could never afford to go. No artists can afford to see these shows, there is something wrong here.
And I'm annoyed with the attitude lately of, "The RSC is coming [here], now we'll see some good Shakespeare". Just because they are from England doesn't mean they do it better than anyone else.
But at least they have a lovely stage.
Mackenzi Flannery: Heres a funny story! I was so sorely out of place at the gala after Romeo and Juliet, that at older couple kept eyeing me up and eventually came over to me and said "It was a great show!!' They had thought I was an actor IN THE SHOW. That's how out of place a young artist seems in that environment (and how little they seemed to be paying attention).
I can say for one thing that when I was at R&J it was a gala in honor of the partnership with OSU so only donors and OSU people were there, the wexner family was there who gave all the money for the stage, ect. Everyone was old and obviously had craploads of money. Now even though it was a 'special' night, THATS the audience they're playing to - not the artists.
I'm partial because I got my ticket for free through the school - I never would have been able to afford it on my own! Also partial because I've only seen ONE Shakespeare other than R&J (pfft, I call myself an actor). So it was hands down the best.
I can understand everyone's discontent, however - on the same trip two of the girls I was with saw Shakespeare in the Park and left at intermission.... I didn't see it myself but it didn't sound very promising.