7.29.2012

Merchant of Venice at Mayslake Peabody Estate

It's the second time my mom and I treated ourselves to some outdoor Shakespeare at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, Illinois in a few years. We enjoy the lovely grounds at the estate, and the actors always do a wonderful job with the traditional Shakespeare settings and action.

This year we went to The Merchant of Venice on July 12--which was a perfect evening. Many individuals chose to bring picnics and chairs (and other accoutrements) for an outdoor experience to rival that of Ravinia. We just brought ourselves and bought two beverages from the concession tent (cash only please!). You can also rent chairs onsite for a small convenience fee (cash or, last time, I pre-leased online I believe), or use one of the couple of wooden benches at the very top of the amphitheater hill--though watch the incline as you get on and off because that first step's a lulu.

The stage is set for First Folio Theatre's Merchant of Venice 
All the actors were profoundly moving and enjoyable in their roles. Michael Goldberg as Shylock was a sight to behold--very tragic and pensive in his vengeful anger. We grimaced at the fate of Michael Joseph Mitchell's Anthonio in the court scenes.

The costumes were lovely, the background/stage was a wonderful scene that reminded mom and I of our trip to Venice in 1998.

Mom and I hope to be able to make an appointment next year to see what Shakespeare selection will be running!

The Mayslake Peabody Estate is also open for tours, but I have yet to be able to match the schedule and drop by.

The DuPage County Forest Preserve runs the estate, and independent play company First Folio runs the plays. To learn more about the Mayslake Peabody Estate you can check out their website, and to learn more about First Folio Theatre's plays you can check out their website.