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California Shakespeare Theater

100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, CA 94563
+1 510-548-9666
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Outstanding theatre

I have been going to Cal Shakes since the mid 90's. Not much has changed. Great theater company... read more

Reviewed 7 February 2018
silverlongjohn63
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Pleasant Hill, California
Not just Shakespeare!

They always produce at least two Shakespeare plays but they also do at least one revival and... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2017
edwardsmom24
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Berkeley, California
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“black odyssey” (2 reviews)
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100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, CA 94563
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

I have been going to Cal Shakes since the mid 90's. Not much has changed. Great theater company, fantastic picnic grounds, and uncomfortable seating. Yes, I said uncomfortable seating. You can bring your own beach chair, (or maybe you can rent one....you'll have to check)...More

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

They always produce at least two Shakespeare plays but they also do at least one revival and continue under new director Eric Ting to showcase local playwrights and important contemporary issues. Not to say they only do "important" plays, because that sounds pretentious, but for...More

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Reviewed 24 August 2017

Saw "Black Odyssey" here. Quality performance and quality venue. Entire property is outside. Beautiful setting; comfortable seats; great pre-performance dining (bring your own); excellent lines of vision. Definitely give it a try.

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Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Saw the first show of the summer season, "As you like it". Great sets, wonderful staging and acting, but the venue always steals the show. Bring a picnic dinner before the performance, the stage looks out on the beautiful golden hills, truly a spectacular setting....More

Thank Philip C
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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Great live theatre under the stars. Saw a wonderful production of George Bernard Shaw's "You Can Never Tell", a comedy & very well cast & acted. Some caveats though: you are outside, and it can get COLD, even in the summer. You can rent blankets....More

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Reviewed 13 July 2016

This outstanding Theater company you cannot miss. It is not only incredible acting, but an event for the evening. Bring a picnic dinner and wine, to enjoy the summer evening before the performance, in the eucalyptus grove. Listen to the Dramaturge educate you about the...More

Thank CaribBeachLady
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Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Nice venue to catch some Shakespeare. Easy to park or take BART to Orinda and shuttle over. Pleasant arena and friendly staff.

Thank jsksOrinda
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

"Much Ado About Nothing" with males playing female parts and females playing male parts. One word summary: confusing.

Thank RHA1936
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Reviewed 7 May 2016

We have enjoyed many productions here over the years, and the acting is always fabulous! The venue is gorgeous, but can be chilly at night when the bay fog comes over the hill. As with all modern Shakespeare interpretations there may be a regrettable modernization...More

Thank vwheato
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Reviewed 16 March 2016

This is an amazing place to go on a summer night...you can picnic (bring your own or buy there), and sit outdoors under the stars and watch wonderful productions. Definitely a repeat performance place for our family!

Thank Kesslane
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