I'm in Vegas again for the week and on Wednesday, my mom and I drove up to Cedar City, UT for the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
If you've never been, or never even heard of it, you are missing out. We've gone nearly every year for the past 15 years and loved every single play we've seen (and we've probably seen 20+ shows there). Each year they do three Shakespeare plays, a musical, and two other plays. In the fall, they do one Shakespeare and two other shows.
Cedar City is about a 3 hour drive from Las Vegas, and we made it in time to have dinner at our favorite little restaurant there, called The Garden House. We used to go every time we went, but it closed down a few years ago and only last year did we discover it had reopened with a new name. Oh, it is terrific.
On Wednesday night, we saw As You Like It, which neither of us had ever seen and which was very charming. The first half was in the inside theater, since it was pouring rain, but at intermission they moved us outdoors to the Globe Theater despite the fact it was still sprinkling pretty hard (I've never been so glad for cheap seats at the back that were right under the balcony and thus protected from the rain).
We spent the night at a gorgeous little bed and breakfast called The Big Yellow Inn, run by, possibly, the nicest couple in the world. We had a delightful time.
And then, yesterday, we saw Foxfire, a show neither of us had ever heard of, but was in the right time slot and, since we'd never seen a dud, we figured we'd take a risk on. And it was terrific. I loved every second of it. The story was interesting, the acting was amazing, and the set was really cool. I would go see it again in a heartbeat.
Sadly, we weren't able to see Henry V, starring our all time favorite Utah Shakespeare actor, Brian Vaughn. I'm attempting not to start scheming ways for Bart and I to fly back just to see it.
Now we're back in Vegas, and I have one last day of fun and frivolity with my parents before it's back to Austin to pack up our entire house for our close date next week. Somehow, Vegas seems more fun.