Get ready for a evening of wonder and delight as The Odyssey Theatre celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer! They opened their Theatre Under the Stars performances with a series of three plays entitled Things We Do For Love: A Spanish Night of Theatre, directed by Laurie Steven. This year’s performances run on Tuesdays to Sundays from July 25-August 23, 2015 beginning at 8 PM in Strathcona Park. I was excited to see what this year’s performance had in store for the audience as I really enjoyed last year’s show.
My daughter and I scrambled into our seats as we joined a full house for Opening Night of this season’s performance. Nestled among other theatre lovers we watched as the performances entertained and delighted us.
Saving Melisendra has puppets front and center as they acted alongside actors for this story of lovers split apart by circumstances beyond their control and are trying to get back to each other. This play was based on a chapter of Migel de Cerantes’ book Don Quixote. I loved that Don Quixote and his faithful side kick, Sancho Panza, were on hand and were on hand to watch this story unfold to the audience. We laughed at the comments Don Quixote and Sancho Panza added to the story of these lovers, and the interaction between the actors and the puppets was really amazing!
The Love of Don Perlimpin and Belisa in the Garden by Frederico García Lorca is about an older gentleman who, at the suggestion of his servant, decided to get married to a younger woman who was not ready to be tied down. We loved watching poor Don Perlimpin fall in love, then try to keep the attention of Belisa as she was running after another man. I loved the how Belisa grows throughout this short play from a girl who does not know what she wants to a young woman who sees love slip through her fingers.
In my opinion, The Odyssey Theatre saved the best play for last with Whether You Like It or Not by Tirso de Molina with translation by Dr. José Ruano de la Haza. It is about Finea, a woman who falls in love with Count Federico, a visitor to her family’s home, and does everything possible to get him to love her. Her main problems are he has never laid eyes on her, and he is in love with another woman. The heroine in this play was fantastic! She had a few lines in this play that were bold and daring, causing the audience to cheer for her performance. We also felt sorry for Count Federico, who received the backlash of Finea’s reckless actions to gain his heart.
I love attending the Theatre Under the Stars every year. When I arrive, I feel as though I am in an wide open space, yet, as dusk takes over, I feel as though I am in a theatre at the edge of my seat watching the action play out with the stars adding to the magic of the atmosphere.
During intermission, the audience members were able to place bids on the silent auction items available to help support The Odyssey Theatre. The packages were amazing, and there were many of them I wanted to place a bid on.
At the end of the night, we were on our feet cheering this year’s production! We had an amazing time watching comedic stories of lovers trying to find their way to each other. So if you are looking for a fun date night idea or to have some fun with your friends, make a date to attend a performance this summer! You will not be disappointed! The Odyssey Theatre also has matinée performances for families with the Rag and Bone Theatre! I attended a show with my kids and had a wonderful time!
Disclaimer: I received tickets from The Odyssey Theatre to attend a performance in order to write this review. The views expressed are my own.