58. The Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis in Forest Park. This theater company customarily stages free outdoor productions by the Bard to great acclaim, so pack a blanket or lawn chair now. This year, near nightly for the better part of a month starting May 21, plumb the darkest depths of villainy in Richard III.
How cool is St. Louis that they have a free Shakespeare Festival every year in Forest Park? I say, very cool. This year we finally attended because I was actually willing to see a comedy and not some tragedy or historical play. The evening was beautiful, we had an awesome spread of food in front of us and it was Friday, a great start to the weekend. We even had a prime spot, where we could see the stage until this happened:
I would like to introduce you to Dumbass Couple #1 and Dumbass Couple #2. They actually looked back at us, saw that we were sitting on blankets and proceeded to put their chairs up right there. Yep, that was the view that I had of the stage after they sat down. So, I ended up listening to most of the play, with a few peeks in between the chairs. If it wasn’t such fabulous weather and my belly wasn’t full of yummy cheese, I would have been in a much grumpier mood. I just laid back and enjoyed the stars.
I must say, it was a fun experience but I don’t think I will do it again unless the Festival bans the use of lawn chairs or has a designated area for them because they really can ruin someone’s evening.