Thursday, February 22, 2018

1 South: Carmel, Outdoor Forest Theater


CARMEL THEATERS

●Outdoor Forest Theater  Mountain View/Santa Rita.  PacRep Theatre:  (831) 622-0100, live performances Thur-Sun, Aug.-mid-Oct.  $8-$44; 65+ & under 12 reduced rate.  Forest Theatre Guild:  (831) 626-1681, live performances June–July.  $8-$38; 65+ & under 12 reduced rate.  Film series Tu & W June-July.  $5, under 6 free.  Reservations advised.  The oldest outdoor theater west of the Rockies, this venue opened in 1910.  Renovations were made by the WPA in the 1930s.  A small outdoor bowl is framed by towering pines and boasts ideal acoustics.  Seating is on long wood benches (bring a cushion), and two stone fireplaces on either side of the audience section are lit for evening performances and produce a warm and fragrant fire.  Dress warmly, come early, and bring a picnic dinner to enjoy under the stars.  If you walk, remember that this town has no streetlights.  You will need a good flashlight, though my iPhone worked fine. 
ticket window at Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel, California
ticket window at Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel, California


fireplace at Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel, California
fireplace at Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel, California


pre-performance at Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel, California
pre-performance at Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel, California


pre-performance at Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel, California
pre-performance at Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel, California


stage at Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel, California
stage at Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel, California

Golden Bough Theatre  Monte Verde St./8th Ave., (831) 622-0700, (831) 622-0100.  Performances Mar-Dec.  $7-$38.  In a building reconstructed on the site of a playhouse that has burned to the ground twice (each time after performances of By Candlelight!), the ambitious Pacific Repertory Theatre  company presents varied fare in the recently updated venue.  The 300-seat Golden Bough Theater is the main theater, and the 99-seat Circle Theatre located downstairs is the venue for intimate theater-in-the-round staging.


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